Texas Warbird Report – Taylor Stevenson – Episode 5

TexasWarbirdReport-TaylorWARBIRD RADIO – Taylor Stevenson joins Zane Adams this Tuesday 2/24/15 for an all new episode of The Texas Warbird Report.  Tune in and hear the latest news from Taylor’s hangar and much more.  Show time is 9pm (EASTERN) right here on Warbird Radio.com.

 

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Warbird Radio LIVE! – Harvard Extreme’s Rick Volker – Episode 556

HarvardNVolkerHEADERWARBIRD RADIO – Aviator Rick Volker joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE! 2/24/15 at 8pm (EASTERN) to talk about his new act Harvard Extreme!  Imagine a T-6 “Harvard” flying a routine like a modern aerobatic airplane.  That’s the premise for Rick’s new air show act.

Rick Volker is an accomplished aerobatic performer and competition pilot who truly loves vintage military aircraft.  He’s flown the ME-109, Spitfire, T-6 and many more.  Today, he combines his competition experience and love for warbirds to create Harvard Extreme.  Hear his story tonight!

FYI…the guys from WarbirdsNews.com will also join Matt with a look at this week’s headlines!

QUICK LINK:  Rick Volker’s Website

QUICK LINK: Warbirds News

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Monday’s Take A Look! – Harvard Extreme’s Rick Volker

Harvard-and-Volker-WEBWARBIRD RADIO – Rick Volker is a man who knows how to make the best of a bad situation.  A few years ago he experienced an engine failure in his Sukhoi Su-26.  Rick spotted a small airfield off his wing and landed, completely unaware that inside the airfield’s hangar were some of the world’s most sought after warbirds.  Rick would soon become the aviator who flew them.  Talk about turning a bad situation into a good one!

Rick will join Matt Jolley this week on Warbird Radio LIVE! to talk about his new air show act “Harvard Extreme”.  The premise is simple:  fly the T-6 like a modern aerobatic airplane.  Rick has even competed with his Harvard in aerobatic competitions.  Hear his story this Tuesday (2/24/15) at 8pm EASTERN on Warbird Radio LIVE!

Here’s little more about Rick Volker according to RVAirshows.com:

Rick Volker entered the competition aerobatic world by storm, winning numerous regional Unlimited contests, such as the Can-Am, Henry Haigh, and Kathy Jaffe Challenges. Rick is a former competitor in athletic events such as swimming, speed skating, bicycle racing, cross-country skiing and body building. Such is the type of conditioning required to fly at this level, as it tests the limits of human endurance. While flying Unlimited aircraft, Rick alternates between plus-11 and minus-9 Gs often in the same maneuver. Unlimited pilots train for this type of extreme flying with the same intensity as any other fitness sport.

He has competed in aerobatic competitions for many years in high performance aircraft such as the Pitts Biplanes and Sukhoi monoplanes. Rick is known for flying the WWII Supermarine Spitfire MK IX in a spectacular display of surface level aerobatics. He is one of a few pilots in the world qualified to fly the rare Messerschmitt Bf109E, and has flown the same serial number Bf109 as Hans-Joachim Marseilles in an air show dogfight routine vs. the Hawker Hurricane. His other qualifications include brilliant displays of the Hawker Hurricane MK XII and the Harvard Mk. IV. He was a member of the exclusive Canadian Heritage Flight team where he has flown the Spitfire Mk.IX in close formation with the CF-18 fighter. He is a piston warbird, high performance, and formation aerobatic ACE (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator).

There is a common theme in all of Rick’s displays: complete mastery of the aircraft’s possible flight envelope, pushing the boundaries of both low and high speed limits, and artfully utilizing the smallest 3 D space to create a masterpiece of entertainment.

Rick is featured on the PBS series “The Aviators” Season 1, Episode 8.

QUICK LINK:  Rick Volker’s Website

 

 

Friday Favorite: The Denny May Story – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 244

WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s this week’s Friday Favorite!  In 2011 we interviewed Denny May (son of W.R. May) who told us his father’s famous story of encountering the infamous Red Barron. 

This show ranks among my top favorites since the stories are so seldom told.  Mr. May’s famous encounter is arguably one of the most debated moments in aviation history.  Who shot down the Red Barron?

The only part of the story that is not contested is the fact Mr. May was chased and narrowly escaped.  Hear the story this Friday with you own ears and see some exclusive pictures below as well.  Until next week!

V/R

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio LIVE!

ORIGINAL STORY:  Next week is the kick off of League Week II.  Let’s look back at day three of our 1st WWI Aviation History Week…with the son of legendary aviator W.R. “WOP” May.  Mr. Denny May will not only tell the story of his father’s encounter with the infamous Red Barron, he will also share many additional stories about his father’s flying career.  This is a show you simply don’t want to miss.  The fun starts at 10am (EASTERN) right here on Warbird Radio.  Thanks for listening!

QUICK LINK:  W.R. “WOP” May

QUICK LINK:  The League of WWI Historians

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W.R. “WOP” May Photo Gallery

From The Archive – Photo Tour of the CAF Dixie Wing’s SBD Dauntless

SBD-Websize-MAINWARBIRD RADIO – This particular SBD Dauntless is one of my all time favorites.  When I was a child, this particular SBD was in the care of the Corpus Christi Wing of the CAF.  During WWII my grandfather was a tail-gunner on a Dauntless similar to this one.  When I was growing up, the SBD looked nothing like it does today (can you believe it was kept outside), but my grandfather loved it.

My family was involved with the wing back then, so dad routinely took my grandfather out to see his beloved SBD.  It was his connection to the SBD that showed me what these airplanes truly represent.

Today, my grandfather is gone but his stories and his generation’s sacrifice is still known because of these flying memorials.  The Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Peachtree City, Georgia lovingly restored the SBD several years ago and today “it is as it was” during WWII.  According to the Dixie Wing’s website the specs below are for their SBD Dauntless.  Enjoy the photo tour (over 4 pages posted at the bottom of the page)!

FYI…you can take a flight on this Dauntless and help keep the history alive!  Click the Quick Link for more information on the Dixie Wing and their flight experiences.

V/R,

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio LIVE!

QUICK LINK:  Dixie Wing

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 33 ft 1¼ in (10.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 6�…oe in (12.66 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
  • Wing area: 325 ft² (30.19 m²)
  • Empty weight: 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 9,359 lb (4,245 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 10,700 lb (4,853 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 radial engine, 1,200 hp (895 kW)
Performance
  • Maximum speed: 255 mph (222 knots, 410 km/h) at 14,000 ft (4,265 m)
  • Cruise speed: 185 mph (161 knots, 298 km/h)
  • Range: 1,115 mi (970 nmi, 1,795 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,530 ft (7,780 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 32.9 lb/ft² (140.6 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 8.92 lb/hp (5.42 kg/kW)
Armament
  • Guns: **2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns in engine cowling
    • 2 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) flexible-mounted Browning machine gun in rear
  • Bombs: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg) of bombs
PHOTO TOUR

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