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The R/C Scale Builder Show – Jerry Bates Plans

WARBIRD RADIO – Join Mike Chilson and friends Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00pm ET as the R/C Scale Builder Show returns LIVE. This episode our guest will be plan designer Jerry Bates, of Jerry Bates Plans. Be sure to join us LIVE to ask Jerry your questions and get lots of 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: Jerry Bates Plans Web Site STUDIO LINE: 478 787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL: [email protected] LIVE CHAT: Click Here To Chat The RC Scale Builder Show - Jerry Bates Plans - Episode 110 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('1', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'The RC Scale Builder Show - Jerry Bates Plans - Episode 110', ''); Read More →

Chasing Planes Author Gordon R. Page – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 6/30/15 – 8pm ET

WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in this Tuesday evening for aviation author Gordon R. Page.  His latest book Chasing Planes chronicles his adventures as a self described “airplane fanatic”.  Gordon is no stranger to Warbird Radio LIVE, many of you know Gordon as the Director of the Spirit of Flight Center in Denver, Colorado.  Gordon is also the author of Warbird Recovery – Saving Aviation History. Join us this Tuesday (6/30/15) at 8pm ET for a spirited conversation about Gordon’s many adventures.  FYI..the guys from will also join us with a look at this week’s headlines.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  Gordon’s Website QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio Warbird Radio LIVE! - Author Gordon Page - Episode 567 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('2', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Author Gordon Page - Episode 567', ''); Read More →

Texas Warbird Report – Cowden Ward Jr. & Pecos Bill – Episode 7

WARBIRD RADIO – Cowden Ward Jr. of Freedom Flyers joins us on The Texas Warbird Report.  Cowden is on a mission to introduce youth to aviation and give veterans a the opportunity to experience warbird flight.  Freedom Flyers has flown hundreds of veterans (at no cost) in the P-51 “Pecos Bill”. Also Zane will welcome Andy Ovans from the EAA to give us a preview of what’s on tap for the 2015 AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The Texas Warbird Report will be a part of the Warbird Radio team covering the 2015 event. QUICK LINK:  Freedom Flyers QUICK LINK:  EAA’s AirVenture STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio Texas Warbird Report - Cowden Ward Jr. - Episode 7 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('3', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Texas Warbird Report - Cowden Ward Jr. - Episode 7', ''); Read More →

Warbird Radio LIVE! – Summer Flying 2015 – Episode 566

WARBIRD RADIO – It’s June and time to talk about summer flying.  On this episode Matt Jolley’s joined by Stephen Bridgewater (Editor, Jets Magazine) with a look at the summer happenings across Europe.  Daniel Wotring (Aviator Flight Training) also chimes in with some life saving summer flying tips.  Be sure and join the conversation tonight at 8pm EASTERN right here on Warbird FYI…the guys from Warbirds News will stop by for a look at week’s headlines.  For more information on this episode’s guests just click on the Quick Links posted below.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  Jets Magazine QUICK LINK:  Aviator Flight Training QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio Warbird Radio LIVE! - Summer Flying 2015 - Episode 566 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('4', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Summer Flying 2015 - Episode 566', ''); Read More →

The Wings Over New Zealand Show LIVE – “The Gnome” – 6/16/15 – 9PM ET

WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of the Wings Over New Zealand Show, Dave talks with Tony Wytenburg of Classic Aero Machining Services from the Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, NZ.  We’ll learn about the re-manufactured Gnome rotary aero engines they’re producing. The Gnome was used on many of the well known WWI aircraft types, from both sides. We’ll also hear from Andrew Carter of TAVAS who has the first of these new build Gnomes fitted to his replica Fokker E.III Eindekker, which took to the air for the first time in May 2015. Co-host Grant is away this week but he is pre-recording an Australian news segment, and Dave will give a run down on local New Zealand warbird news and more.  Thanks for tuning in! SHOWTIME:  6/16/15 @ 9pm (ET) QUICK LINK:  CAMS QUICK LINK:  TAVAS QUICK LINK:  Warren’s Fundraiser QUICK LINK:  Nick’s Magazine QUICK LINK:  Grant’s Fundraiser   Wings Over New Zealand Show - Gnome Engines - Episode 5 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('5', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Wings Over New Zealand Show - Gnome Engines - Episode 5', ''); Read More →

T-33 Demo Pilot Greg Colyer – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday 6/16/15 – 8pm ET

WARBIRD RADIO – Greg Colyer flies one of the most energetic T-33 demonstrations ever created.  Tune in this Tuesday 6/16/15 at 8pm (EASTERN) for a conversation with Greg about the “Ace Maker” T-33.  Greg has two T-33’s that he operates across the United States in front of millions of air show spectators annually. According to his website, Greg holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor.  Type rated in Aero Vodochody’s L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star.  A  level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications. Something most people don’t realize is that Greg stays in shape for flying high performance aircraft by competitive cycling with the Taleo cycling team and an occasional Ironman Triathlon.  Talk about high energy!  Tune in this Tuesday and join the conversation by using the contact information posted below. FYI…the guys from will also join us with a look at this week’s headlines.  Thanks for tuning in. QUICK LINK:  Ace Maker Air Shows QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News EMAIL:  [email protected] Warbird Radio LIVE! - Greg Colyer T33 - Episode 565 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('6', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Greg Colyer T33 - Episode 565', ''); Read More →

D-Day’s Lead Airplane Discovered – CAF’s Adam Smith – Warbird Radio LIVE!

WARBIRD RADIO – The Commemorative Air Force needs your help saving the C-47 that lead the US paratroopers during the D-Day invasion.  C-47 92847 better known as “That’s All Brother” was discovered recently in Wisconsin.  An article on shares a little about the discovery and how it was made: “Matt Scales, the historian who tracked down the C-47 that led the main D-Day paratroop drops to Basler Turbo Conversions, shared his latest discoveries about his historic airplane. “I found out that while it did lead the main force, we had the name of the aircraft wrong. The name of the aircraft was That’s All—Brother. We discovered this fact when we came across this footage of the C-47 taking off from Greenham Common,” writes Scales.” Today, the Commemorative Air Force is working hard to save “That’s All Brother”.  This Tuesday evening (6/9/15 at 8pm ET) Adam Smith joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE with an in depth look at the plan to return “That’s All Brother” to her former self.  Hear all the details by tuning in for this special broadcast. FYI…the guys from Warbirds News will also join the fun with a look at the headlines.  Thanks for tuning in. QUICK LINK:  CAF’s Kickstarter Campaign QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News Warbird Radio LIVE! - CAF's That's All Brother - Episode 564 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('7', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - CAF\'s That\'s All Brother - Episode 564', ''); Read More →

Warbird Radio Presents – The Grover Sassaman Story

WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s one from the archive.  We originally broadcast this episode in 2010 but the story is well worth playing again.  During WWII Grover Sassaman was one of Pappy Boyington’s mechanics.  At one point in the war he even advised General Douglas MacArthur (on directions to the head). He’s a great guy with a warm smile and personality to match.  Today he continues to run his Harley Davidson dealership in middle Georgia.  On the day we recorded the interview he passed us in the parking lot on his way to the open road on the Harley in the above photo!  The Grover Sassaman Story is one you’ll surely enjoy.  Thanks for listening! PHOTO GALLERY 12► If you have a story you think we should cover…please send over an email.  Contact [email protected] Warbird Radio Presents - The Gover Sassaman Story Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('8', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio Presents - The Gover Sassaman Story', ''); Read More →

Can you help? It’s Our Annual Listener Survey – 7 Questions

WARBIRD RADIO – It’s time again for annual listener demographic survey.  You’re help is greatly appreciated and the data really helps us pay the bills.  Thank again for your support. QUICK LINK:  Warbird Radio 2015 Listener Demographic Survey    Read More →

Summer Editorial: These Stories Matter – Just Ask The Horses

WARBIRD RADIO – During a recent visit to the United States Military Academy at West Point I wanted to see Thayer Hall.  Named in honor of Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer (known as the father of West Point) it’s one of the USMA’s most prominent buildings. What’s interesting about Thayer Hall is that it hasn’t always been Thayer Hall.  Inside its walls, the building once housed the world’s largest indoor equestrian arena.  Before flying machines, wars were fought and won by men on horseback and West Point’s indoor riding arena was where future officers of the United States Army learned horsemanship.  During its peak the campus housed well over 500 horses (some say over 700).   Equestrian courses were a key part of the curriculum until being removed during WWII.  In 1959 the world’s largest riding arena was converted into the present day academic building. To add some perspective, flying machines have been used by the military for a little over 100 years, horses have been used in battle for over 5000 years (more, depending on your source).  So imagine my surprise when I stood there on the doorstep of Thayer Hall, the building that used to be the world’s largest indoor training facility for horses and soldiers, only to see no mention of this history.  Once discovering this, I toured the West Point museum to see what I could learn.  To my surprise I couldn’t find anything.  I even asked the director of the museum and he said there was a picture but when I went back I still couldn’t find it. The museum is great, so don’t think this is a negative reflection on them, it’s not.  It’s a reflection on each of us and our human nature.  In 56 years the history of this equestrian training facility (the world’s largest indoor training center) has all but evaporated.  The stables that housed the war horses have been remodeled into offices and a bowling alley.  They serve a nice pulled pork sandwich, but no history lessons.  Today, only the old stable’s exterior tell the story. When I see something like this my heart sinks for the great warriors who trained here.  I always imagine what they would think if they came back for a look.  Maybe I’m just sentimental.  The stories we’re working to preserve here at Warbird Radio matter–moreso, the men and women who made those stories matter must not be forgotten.  We’re not dealing with 5000 years of equestrian warfare history, we’re only dealing with 100+ years of military aviation.  So while you’re busting your knuckles in the hangar know that the aircraft and more importantly the stories you’re working hard to save are critical.  Someday, they may be the only thing left to remind people of the history they represent. As the summer continues we’ll be working hard on programming.  We have some wonderful stories to share as the days get warmer and longer.  For me, I’ll be reading something about the Horse Soldiers and someday soon visiting their museum in Arizona. Matt Jolley Host of Warbird Radio LIVE! Top image courtesy of West Point Library QUICK LINK:  Museum of the Horse Soldier PHOTO GALLERY      Read More →

The Wings Over New Zealand Show – Catalina Preservation Society – 9pm EASTERN

WARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood and Grant McHerron welcome members of the Catalina Preservation Society.  This show is all about PBY’s and specifically the one the Catalina Preservation Society is operating.  Tune in and hear the complete story LIVE 5/12/15 at 8pm (EASTERN). For more information use the Quick Links posted below. QUICK LINK: The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society QUICK LINK:  Dumbo Diary QUICK  LINK:  Jenny Scott’s Catalina Flickr Page Wings Over New Zealand Show - Catalina Preservation Society - Episode 4 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('9', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Wings Over New Zealand Show - Catalina Preservation Society - Episode 4', ''); Read More →

Classic Jet Aircraft Association’s Mark Peterson – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 5/12/15 – 8pm ET

WARBIRD RADIO – Mark Peterson from the Classic Jet Aircraft Association joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE with a look at the world of vintage military jets.  Mark is no stranger to warbirds, he currently operates two P-51’s (Hell-er Bust & DiamondBack) and one Alpha Jet. According to, Mark started flying at the age of six in a Piper Cherokee Arrow. The aviation bug bit early and bit hard. Mark’s father Ed was a B-24 Liberator pilot during World War II and flew 29 missions for the Army Air Corps in the European Theater. After returning to civilian life, Ed found ways to keep aviation in his business and personal life. As a result, Mark grew up surrounded by aviation. Today, Mark flies air shows across North America and is a Director with the Classic Jet Aircraft Association.  Tune in Tuesday 5/12/15 at 8pm (EASTERN) for a lively discussion about classic jets and more.  As always, your calls and comments are welcome and appreciated. FYI:  The guys from will stop for a look at this week’s headlines! QUICK LINK:  Classic Jet Aircraft Association QUICK LINK:  Mark Peterson’s Website STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL:  [email protected] Warbird Radio LIVE! - Classic Jet Aircraft Association - Episode 563 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('10', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Classic Jet Aircraft Association - Episode 563', ''); Read More →

70th Anniversary of Victory In Europe – DC Flyover Coverage!

WARBIRD RADIO – On May 8th 2015 over 50 WWII aircraft from across the United States of America flew over the nation’s capital to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. Below you can find our team coverage of this unique event, which was presented by’s Matt Jolley and British aviation author Steve Bridgewater.  Enjoy the photo gallery courtesy of Steve Bridgewater and a special thank you to Empire Streaming for making the event possible to broadcast. PHOTO GALLERY 123► DC Flyover Pre Show Coverage Play Now | Play in Popup | Download VE Day Flyover LIVE Coverage Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('11', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'DC Flyover Pre Show Coverage', '');podPressShowHidePlayer('12', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'VE Day Flyover LIVE Coverage', ''); Read More →

Warbird Radio Presents – The James Kunkle Story!

WARBIRD RADIO – Nearly everyone has imagined what they would do in “the clinch” — the time where circumstances demanded positive, selfless action, right NOW.  Nearly everyone, sees themselves in the role of the hero.   It’s a human fantasy that has fueled popular entertainment for centuries. Jim Kunkle’s story is no different.  In a nutshell, upon discovering his formation was about to be attacked by a superior number of enemy fighters, and unable to warn the rest, turned his P-38 into the attack in an effort to disrupt the blow.  Listen as host John Mollison talks with James Kunkle (370th Fighter Group) about a fateful moment over German skies in September of 1944. Click the play button below for the complete show.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  John Mollison QUICK LINK:  Old Guys & Their Planes Warbird Radio Presents - The James Kunkle Story Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressShowHidePlayer('13', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio Presents - The James Kunkle Story', ''); Read More →


Now this is flying…Texas Flying Legend’s Style!

WARBIRD RADIO – Our friends at the Texas Flying Legends Museum certainly know how to put on a show.  Take a look at this video from their 2011 at the airshow in St. Barths.  Enjoy the video!

QUICK LINK:  Texas Flying Legends Museum

Fly The PT-13! – Video

WARBIRD RADIO – Take to the skies in the rare PT-13.  Tag along as we go flying with Jeff Whitford outside Atlanta, Georgia.  Jeff’s rare PT-13 uses a Lycoming R-680 engine.  That’s the difference (in case you were wondering) between the PT-13 and PT-17.  The PT-17 uses a Continental R-670.  Now that you know the difference…let’s go flying!  Be sure and check out the PT-13 Photo Tour as well.

From The Archive! A-10 West Demo Highlights – 2010 Alberta International Airshow!

WARBIRD RADIO – From the archive:  Here’s some vintage Joe Shetterly.  Check out Joe’s awesome demonstration flight during the 2010 Alberta International Airshow! Be sure to listen to his interview on Warbird Radio LIVE for some cool back ground info.  Enjoy!

QUICK LINK:  Rifle Air Shows

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