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Warriors & Warbirds Museum Saves Vietnam Cargo Plane – Soon To Fly!

WARBIRD RADIO – Congratulations to our friends at the Warriors & Warbirds museum in Monroe, North Carolina.  Warriors & Warbirds recently acquired a rare Fairchild C-123K Provider.  According to a recent statement “Warriors & Warbirds is pleased to officially introduce our newest member of the fleet. The Ponderous Polly C-123K Provider.” The Provider was first designed as an assault glider for the United States Air Force and later developed into a powered multi-role transport platform.  Many C-123’s were scrapped after service in the Vietnam War due to one of their primary missions, spraying Agent Orange defoliant.  Warriors & Warbirds hopes to have their C-123K back in Monroe, North Carolina for their annual air show this November. For more information on Warriors & Warbirds just click the Quick Link posted below. QUICK LINK:  Warrior & Warbirds  Read More →

Think You’re Cold? Take A Look At These Airmen – It’s 27 Below Zero!

WARBIRD RADIO – Think you’re cold?  Take a look at this! It’s 6:30 a.m., 27 degrees below zero and the sky remains dark. According to a recent news release, Senior Airman Taylor Lancaster heads to his locker to sort his gear and make sure he has everything ready to begin work in the frigid weather.On top of multiple layers, he wears thick coveralls and heavy duty boots that allow him to trudge through ice and snow. His face is guarded by a face shield and shatter proof snow goggles.  After being at Minot Air Force Base for more than three years, Lancaster, a 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft crew chief, has worked on his jet enough to know exactly what to do once it lands. “Every jet is different, especially in the cold,” Lancaster said. “I love working on my jet because when it lands I already know what needs to be serviced.” At roll call, the maintenance team gathers together where they are told what jets need repairs. They then head to the tool crib to load the equipment they’ll need for the day. Each crew chief is assigned a specific jet they are responsible for maintaining, although they all work together to meet the needs of the mission.Around 8:30 a.m. the sun begins to rise, allowing the flight line to defrost ever so slightly as the cold weather and ice lingers. “During the winter, what would normally be a 10 minute job takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour,” Lancaster said. Some of Minot’s harshest winter days can cause things on the jets to break more easily, meaning more work for maintenance Airmen. Because temperatures are known to potentially reach dangerous lows, maintenance members implement the buddy system to ensure safety while getting the mission done. “Training new Airmen can be a bit of a task when winter time rolls around,” he said. “Since it’s so cold, we can only spend so long out there before we have to go back inside and warm up.” Although the job can be tough at times, Lancaster tries to remind newer Airmen the mission is important. “Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when we’re out there working in these kinds of temperatures, but we have to remember what we’re doing is meaningful,” he added. Once the weather reaches 45 degrees below zero, maintenance on certain sections of the flight line will temporarily shut down. However, because temperatures read differently across the flight line, the team’s duty is to now provide maintenance for a different aircraft. Currently, Lancaster is working to get flight certified, which will provide him the opportunity to fly with the aircrew and work on the jet as soon as it lands. “I wanted to do this because it gets me more involved,” Lancaster said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to get up in the jet that I worked on and take off with the aircrew.” With three years under his belt, Lancaster hasn’t made any final decisions on whether he’s going to re-enlist, but the future seems to be getting brighter. “It was hard for me to really look ahead when I first got here,” Lancaster said. “Now that I’m comfortable, confident and getting more responsibilities handed down to me, it’s making me realize that I know what I’m doing and no matter what I know I can do it.” A hearty thank you to all who serve and those who have. QUICK LINK:  United States Air Force Story courtesy- USAF/ Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs Photo courtesy- U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fale  Read More →

The Real R2-D2 Takes Flight!

WARBIRD RADIO – Tucked away in the high desert of southern New Mexico, the 96th Test Group provides some of the most sophisticated military testing in the world. Often, their innovations and technological pursuits seem like works of science fiction, such as the group’s latest project dubbed affectionately as ‘R2-D2.’ According to a recent news release, Second Lt. Troy Biersack, a 746th Test Squadron program manager, explained the project began from a need to design a platform that could serve to perform high-dynamic testing of new GPS technology inside the 56 year-old T-38 Talon. The culmination of efforts across the 96th TG led to the creation of a rear cockpit mounted electronics package reminiscent of the beloved Star Wars’ robot. “The similarities between our RCP and R2-D2 would be that it’s in the rear seat and it’s got this funny little cap on the top which functions as an antenna,” Biersack described. “We started jokingly referring to it as R2-D2 as the project developed, and it just stuck.” Building the RCP required careful coordination. The 746th TS performed program management, test management, integration of equipment and ground test data analysis, while the 846th TS managed the mechanical design and fabrication. Finally, the 586th FTS led the flight certification process and coordinated the installation and removal of the RCP. “It is a point of collective pride that the squadrons each possess such unique capabilities, yet they work so well together,” Biersack said. “Our leadership is promoting innovation and cohesion. This dynamic exists across the squadrons, enabling us to quickly identify and leverage the correct talent.” Biersack served as the program manager for the RCP project, overseeing each phase of development between squadrons to ensure the process was seamless. “My charge was to maintain program vector and momentum while standing clear of the experts. I was responsible for budget, for keeping it on track and holding people accountable to getting things done on time,” he said. As Biersack explained, one of the unique challenges of the project was designing a rack that could fit inside the aging T-38 without negatively affecting the pre-existing conditions of the aircraft. The 746th TS developed the requirements to construct the RCP. The 846th Test Squadron then began to work on the mechanical design and fabrication of the rack. “When the fabricated rack arrived from the 846th, for us it was one of the biggest moments of the entire project,” Biersack said. “It was such a great feeling to see how far we’d come, and to bear the fruits of our labor in such a tangible way.” Once fabricated, the RCP then had to undergo a series of ground testing and safety reviews before it could become airborne. Erin Morgenstern, a 746th TS unit test safety manager, explained that their biggest priority was to ensure that installing the rack would not interfere with the aircraft’s ejection system. “The pilots had to change their ejection settings in order for the gas lines to cooperate with the RCP,” Morgenstern said. “We had to make sure there were no hazards to the aircrew upon ejection and that the equipment stayed with plane also so there could be no mid-air collisions.” Finally, once the equipment had been checked out, the RCP was sent to the 586th FTS so it could be flown in the T-38 for initial flight testing. “The moment it all came to together, the big ‘Kumbaya,’ was the eight sorties that were flown by the 586th went off without a hitch,” Biersack said. Seeing the data from our analysts showing that this rack is just as good as the rack we’re replacing it with.” As it all came together, the members of the RCP project could see their own little piece of science-fiction forming before their eyes. “In order to accomplish something like this, you’ve got to chip away at it bit by bit, piece by piece,” Biersack said. “And sometimes it’s amazing to just look back, pick your head up from the grind and see everything that’s been accomplished.” QUICK LINK:  United States Air Force Story Courtesy Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet, 49th Wing Public Affairs USAF Photo Courtesy USAF   Read More →

New Zealand Catalina Set for Triumphant Return at Wanaka Air Show!

WARBIRD RADIO – New Zealand’s only airworthy Catalina Flying Boat is set to make a triumphant return from major refurbishment work at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.  According to a recent news release, ZK-PBY has been a favourite at Wanaka for a number of years, especially when she lands on the lake, but was missing in 2014 because of extensive work to repair the wings and fuselage of the 70-year-old aircraft.  The work has been carried out in Brett Emeny’s hangar in New Plymouth by members of the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society at a cost of around $250,000. Brett says it’s great to see an end to what has been a major undertaking and the plan is to have the Catalina airborne later in the year.  “We’ve done all the structural work on the wings and fuselage and all that remains are some fabric repairs on these two sections.  We’re also taking advantage of some fine weather to work on the tail which is poking out the hangar doors.” “Then there’s a fair bit of re-assembling work to do and we’ll need to get it weighed and re-certified before we can take her out for a test flight.” Brett says the plan is to have the Catalina make her first Airshow appearance since the refurbishment began, at Wanaka 2016.  It will be the first time the aircraft has displayed at Wanaka since the 2010 event. Warbirds Over Wanaka Event Manager, Mandy Deans says they’re excited about having ZK-PBY display next Easter and being available for the public to book rides. “We get regular calls from people asking if the Catalina is going to be at WOW and it’s great to be able to tell people now that yes, subject to final availability, she will be here,” said Mandy. It’s expected the Catalina will be taking the public on flights during the airshow but also on the Rides Day which will be Monday, March 28th. “Rides Day gives people the opportunity to enjoy the airshow and then stay on for another day to take a flight in the Catalina and other aircraft,” said Mandy. Meanwhile, if you would like to help The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society they are always very grateful for any donations.  The Society is a registered Charitable entity allowing donations to be tax deductible.  Donations can be made on their Quick Linked below or by post. The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society P. O. Box 72-527, Papakura,  Auckland 2244. QUICK LINK: Catalina Preservation Society  Read More →

From The Archive – Warbird Radio Presents – The Bob Batterson Story

CAPT R.E. “Bob” Batterson (USN RET) shares his story during a special Warbird Radio Presents. WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in and take off this week with Pearl Harbor survivor and F6F Hellcat pilot CAPT R.E. “Bob” Batterson (USN RET).  CAPT Batterson shares his story this week during a special Warbird Radio Presents.  To listen to the full podcast just click the play button below.  Thanks for listening. Standard Podcast Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('1', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/1716/0/WRP-BobBattersonStory.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress//images/vpreview_center.png', 'Standard Podcast', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

The Bob Hoover Project “Flying the Feathered Edge” Now on DVD and BluRay

WARBIRD RADIO – Audiences can now enjoy unprecedented documentation of the precision flying, gentlemanly demeanor and aviation knowledge of R.A. “Bob” Hoover,  “The Pilot’s Pilot.”  According a to recent news elease,”Flying the Feathered Edge” arrives on DVD and BluRay just in time to celebrate Hoover’s 93rd birthday on January 24th. The 86 minute documentary includes exclusive interviews with Harrison Ford, Carroll Shelby, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day,Gene Cernan, Clay Lacy, and Sean D. Tucker. “This film captures my life story in an authentic and accurate way.  I don’t know how it could have been done any better.”  – Bob Hoover “Best aviation documentary I have ever seen.” – Jack J. Pelton, Chairman, Experimental Aviation Association “Wow! GR8 film and an important tribute to Bob.” – Burt Rutan “This is by far the best job of story telling of a legend in our business that I have ever seen.”  – Steve Hinton, President, Planes of Fame Air Museum Film Synopsis: In “Flying the Feathered Edge,” Bob Hoover, joined by some of the best and brightest minds in aerospace today – reveals hard earned wisdom from a life spent pushing the edge of the flight envelope while contributing to aviation’s many developments. About the Filmmaker: Kim Furst is an award winning producer, director, and editor.  “Flying the Feathered Edge” is Kim’s fifth aviation documentary as film editor and first as producer/director.  Earlier work as a film editor includes the general aviation documentary “One Six Right,” Discovery Channel’s “Rocket Challenge,” and “Wings Over the Rockies” starring Harrison Ford, among others.  Furst has produced a number of “making of” documentaries for big budget features, winning a Golden Satellite Award for the behind-the-scenes for “Mission: Impossible: III.” QUICK LINK:  The Bob Hoover Project  Read More →

The Hartman & Heins Show – Kyle Franklin – TONIGHT – 1/20/15 – 9pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – The guys are LIVE tonight and the world will never be the same.  We’ve lined an all star mystery guest and it will be more fun than eatin’ a bowl of cherries listening to Mike figure out who it is.  Over the last two days Andy and Matt have filled his head with all sorts of rumors.  Tune in this evening or stop by our Dayton, Ohio studio at the Heins Family Ski Lodge and watch in person. UPDATE:  The mystery guest was Kyle Franklin (Mike’s all time favorite pilot).  We’re happy to report that Hartman was completely twiterpated.  Thanks Kyle! QUICK LINK:  Franklin AirShow STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL:  info@warbirdradio.com   Hartman & Heins LIVE! - The Kyle Franklin Show - Episode 1 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('2', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10809/0/HartmanNHeins-LIVE-Episode1.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Hartman & Heins LIVE! - The Kyle Franklin Show - Episode 1', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

Planes of Fame Air Museum – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 1/20/15 – 8pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – Harry “T” Geier from the Planes of Fame air museum in Chino, California joins Matt Jolley tonight (1/20/15) on Warbird Radio LIVE!  Show time is 8pm (EASTERN) and the call in lines will be open.  Planes of Fame works to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans.  Harry will fill us in with all the latest happenings from around the museum.  For a complete list of events just click the Quick Link below. Matt will also be joined by Australian photographer Mark Greenmantle with an update on his charitable calendar project Vixens 4 Veterans.  Proceeds from their 2015 calendar will benefit veterans with PTSD.  We’ll also check in with the guys from Warbirds News.com with a look at this week’s headlines.  Thanks for tuning in and we hope you call in tonight! QUICK LINK:  Planes of Fame QUICK LINK:  Vixens 4 Veterans QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com Warbird Radio LIVE! - Planes of Fame - Episode 551 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('3', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10806/0/Episode551-PlanesofFame.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Planes of Fame - Episode 551', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

United States Air Force Senior Leadership – Discusses Future Plans & Key Issues

WARBIRD RADIO – Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon. According to a recent news release, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, focused on the Air Force’s highest priorities and said they have been working hard to balance resources and preserve combat capability in a tough fiscal environment. “Everyone wants more Air Force,” James said. “We’re meeting those demands with the smallest force in our history. Couple a smaller force against the backdrop of austere budgets, and you have a total force that is under significant strain: active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, and their families.” Welsh had the same concern. “It’s about some very tough decisions we have to make to recapitalize on the Air Force for the threat 10 years from now,” Welsh said. “We don’t have enough money last year or this coming year to fund all the things that we currently have in our force structure.” While fiscal year 2015 still presents some enormous budget challenges for the Air Force, James and Welsh strongly agree enough is enough when it comes to force shaping and stated Airmen will see no involuntary boards in 2015. “We cannot go any lower,” Welsh said. “We are getting too small to succeed as opposed to too big to fail.” James said challenges with the budget in no way minimalize the responsibilities of the Air Force. “As Air Force demands around the world continue to increase,” she said. “We cannot afford to get smaller and sacrifice capability.” One of greatest demands James and Welsh addressed was intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance requirements. “Not only do combatant commanders want more ISR, they want the globally-integrated, persistent ISR that Air Force capabilities provide,” the secretary said. James and Welsh acknowledged the significant stress the high operations tempo has placed on its experienced operators. To combat that, they have developed a plan to meet combatant commander warfighting requirements while relieving some of the unrelenting strain felt by operators. The intentions of the ISR goals outlined by James and Welsh will provide near-term relief to stressed crews by implementing a number of options to immediately increase manning. The future of the Air Force continues its focus on balancing today’s readiness with tomorrow’s modernization. “The American people expect our Air Force to fly, fight and win against any advisory,” James said. “It is important that we continue to afford our nation the Air Force capability it needs well into the future by appropriately investing in our people and in our platforms.” QUICK LINK:  United States Air Force Story Courtesy USAF: Author, Tech. Sgt. Natalie Stanley Photo Courtesy: USAF / Scott Ash  Read More →

From the Archive – Planes of Fame Founder Ed Maloney – The Warbird Rescue Hour – Episode 47 – Podcast available now!

WARBIRD RADIO – This week for Throwback Thursday take a listen to one of our favorites.  Back in 2012 the Warbird Rescue guys welcomed Planes of Fame Founder Ed Maloney to the Warbird Rescue Hour.  Mr. Maloney shared his stories about the post war years around the Chino Airport as well as starting Planes of Fame museum. Our sincere thanks to the Planes of Fame museum and Mr. Maloney for supporting WarbirdRadio.com.  As one of the original “Warbird Rescuers” a huge and heartfelt thank you to you and everyone who helped save aviation history. ~Team Warbird Radio (Photo courtesy of Planes of Fame) QUICK LINK:  Planes of Fame STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio EMAIL:  info@warbirdradio.com     The Warbird Rescue Hour - Planes of Fame's Ed Maloney - Episode 47 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('4', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/7177/0/WREp47.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'The Warbird Rescue Hour - Planes of Fame\'s Ed Maloney - Episode 47', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

WarbirdRadio.com & WarbirdsNews.com Join Forces for Improved Content!

WARBIRD RADIO – Warbird Radio.com and Warbirds News.com have joined forces to bring military aviation enthusiasts improved content.  By working together and leveraging strengths and resources, both sites will deliver un-matched content, faster delivery with greater convenience to users. “I am extremely happy and excited to start this partnership with Warbird Radio.com. This has been in the making for quite some time, now we are ready to pull the trigger” said Warbird News.com owner Moreno Aguiari. “At the end of the day it’s all about keeping our guests informed and entertained.  We’re happy to join forces with Mo and Warbirds News.com because it will allow our listeners and his readers increased access to the information and entertainment they’re most passionate about – Warbirds”. Mr. Aguiari went on to say: “Like so many of the aviation organizations I am a member of, the passion people have for planes and the sense of community air enthusiasts feel for each other quickly lead us to push the pace and scale up our investment. Now we are going full throttle, ready for take-off and signaling everyone about our planned flight path.” Expect new features this month and some big news later this year!  Read More →

Aviator Flight Training’s Daniel Wotring – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 1/13/15 – 8pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – Aviator, flight instructor and all-round good guy Daniel Wotring (right) joins Matt Jolley on this week’s Warbird Radio LIVE!  Daniel’s day job at Aviator Flight Training puts him in the cockpit of Stearmans, Texans and a host of other tailwheel aircraft with student aviators. Daniel’s natural ability to train safe airmen is truly a gift to our community.  Hear his story tonight and call in and join the discussion on warbird training.  Also on this episode the boys from WarbirdsNews.com will check in with an update on this week’s military aviation news.  Plus, Mike Chilson will stop by with a preview of this week’s RC Scale Builder show. QUICK LINK:  Aviator Flight Training QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News.com QUICK LINK:  RC Scale Builder.com Warbird Radio LIVE! - Aviator Flight Training - Episode 550 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('5', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10778/0/Episode550-DanielWotring.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Aviator Flight Training - Episode 550', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

The R/C Scale Builder Show – Go Electric!

WARBIRD RADIO – Join Mike Chilson and friends Tuesday, January 13th at 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT) as the RC Scale Builder Show returns LIVE. This episode our guest will be Mike Grey of Skyshark Hobbies. Be sure to join us LIVE to ask Mikey your questions about setting up electrics and get other info from the world of R/C Scale Building. Your participation is encouraged. To join in on the conversation just use the contact info below. Thanks for listening! QUICK LINK: Skyshark Hobbies Web Site STUDIO LINE: 478 787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL: live@rcscalebuilder.com LIVE CHAT: Click Here To Chat The RC Scale Builder Show - Episode 105 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('6', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10775/0/RCSBS_Episode105.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'The RC Scale Builder Show - Episode 105', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

XP-82 Update With Tom Reilly – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 1/6/15 – 8pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – It’s a new year and time to launch a brand new season of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Our first guest of 2015 is Tom Reilly.  Tune in this Tuesday (1/6/15) and hear the latest news on Tom’s XP-82 project. Tom and his team are restoring this aviation icon to flying condition and have made remarkable progress since his last visit with Warbird Radio.com.  If you have questions or comments feel free to call in.  The studio number is posted below.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  XP-82 Project Website STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL: info@warbirdradio.com Warbird Radio LIVE! - XP-82 Update with Tom Reilly - Episode 549 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('7', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10770/0/Episode549-TomReilly.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - XP-82 Update with Tom Reilly - Episode 549', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →

Videos

BT-13 Aerobatics!

WARBIRD RADIO – The BT-13 is seldom seen today on the airshow circuit…but Michael Kennedy from Valiant Echoes is quickly changing that.  Check out his latest promo video above.  Simply amazing!

QUICK LINK:  Valiant Echoes

Fly On The B-17 “Nine-O-Nine”


WARBIRD RADIO – Take flight on the Collings Foundation’s B-17 “Nine-O-Nine”.  The video starts above the ground at KHWY and ends with the wheels rolling down the runway at KSHD.  Enjoy the ride across the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the flight up the Shenandoah Valley.  For more info on the Collings Foundation just click on the Quick Link posted below.  Thanks for watching!

QUICK LINK:  The Collings Foundation

EMAIL:  info@warbirdradio.com

The EC-121 Video Tour!


WARBIRD RADIO – Go inside the EC-121 currently under restoration at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia. The Naval Aircraft Restoration Foundation is helping the museum maintain this classic beauty.  For more information on the Lockheed Constellation visit the Museum of Aviation’s website via the Quick Link below.

QUICK LINK:  Museum of Aviation

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