WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday
MONDAY - Matt's back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents. Warbird Radio Presents - The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week...but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb's interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.
B-17 Lacey Lady Restoration Update – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep534
WARBIRD RADIO - Sean O'brien from the B-17 Alliance Group joins Matt Jolley with a restoration update on their B-17 "Lacey Lady". Gary Velasco (Fighting Colors.com) also stops by to announce the start of a nose art panel give away here on Warbird Radio. For complete contest rules download the show now and take a listen. Thanks for tuning in!
Canada’s 1st Tiger Moth Takes Flight! – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep533
WARBIRD RADIO - Harry Schoning joins Matt Jolley with a full report on CF-BNF's recent test flight. CF-BNF is Canada's first Tiger Moth and marks the start of a long love affair between the RCAF and the "C" model DH-82 Tiger Moth. Mike Porter also chimes with news on DH-82C 1136 and winter flying.
A Conversation With Heroes – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep532
WARBIRD RADIO - This past December, during the International Council of Air Shows annual convention in Las Vegas, WRL's Matt Jolley had the privilege of hosting A Conversation With Heroes. The event featured fighter pilot and triple ACE Bud Anderson, fighter pilot and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, and RCAF Lancaster bomber tail gunner Si Campbell.
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MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows. Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents. Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE. Mr. Stachler has over 100 combat missions in the P-47 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Europe. Tune in Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for a preview of Herb’s story. Thanks for listening!STUDIO LINE: 478.787.4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Herb Stachler Preview Picture Gallery [Show as slideshow] Warbird Radio LIVE! - Herb Stachler - Ep357 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (662) podPressShowHidePlayer('1', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/6190/0/Episode357-HerbStachler.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Herb Stachler - Ep357', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – Sean O’brien from the B-17 Alliance Group joins Matt Jolley with a restoration update on their B-17 “Lacey Lady”. Gary Velasco (Fighting Colors.com) also stops by to announce the start of a nose art panel give away here on Warbird Radio. For complete contest rules download the show now and take a listen. Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK: B-17 Alliance Group QUICK LINK: Fighting Colors PHOTO TOUR [Show as slideshow] Warbird Radio LIVE - The Lacey Lady Restoration Update - Episode 534 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (407) podPressShowHidePlayer('2', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10531/0/Episode534-TheLLadyNVelasco.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE - The Lacey Lady Restoration Update - Episode 534', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – Harry Schoning joins Matt Jolley with a full report on CF-BNF’s recent test flight. CF-BNF is Canada’s first Tiger Moth and marks the start of a long love affair between the RCAF and the “C” model DH-82 Tiger Moth. Mike Porter also chimes with news on DH-82C 1136 and winter flying. For more information on 1136 or CF-BNF just click on the Quick Link posted below. Thanks for tuning in! We hope you enjoy this week’s show. FYI…if you’re interested in buying her give Harry a ring: 760-217-4325. QUICK LINK: CF-BNF’s Website Canada's 1st Tiger Moth Take Flight - Warbird Radio LIVE - Ep533 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (422) podPressShowHidePlayer('3', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10522/0/Episode533-CFBNFSchoning.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Canada\'s 1st Tiger Moth Take Flight - Warbird Radio LIVE - Ep533', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – This past December, during the International Council of Air Shows annual convention in Las Vegas, WRL’s Matt Jolley had the privilege of hosting A Conversation With Heroes. The event featured fighter pilot and triple ACE Bud Anderson, fighter pilot and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, and RCAF Lancaster bomber tail gunner Si Campbell. The stories and life lessons contained in this conversation are well worth the time. We hope you enjoy! A special thank you to the International Council of Air Shows for making this re-broadcast possible. QUICK LINK: International Council of Air Shows Warbird Radio LIVE - Converation With Hereos - Episode 532 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (393) podPressShowHidePlayer('4', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10519/0/Episode532-ConversationWithHeroes.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE - Converation With Hereos - Episode 532', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – On the heels of the P-8A Poseidon squadron’s inaugural deployment, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) recently announced it entered the full-rate production (FRP) phase of its development. According to a recent news release, the approval, reached Jan. 3 from the FRP Milestone Decision Authority will allow the program office, resource sponsor, acquisition community and industry to continue to deliver the P-8A to the fleet with the required capabilities needed to ensure the squadrons are getting a stable and efficient system. “This significant milestone approval moves the program from low-rate into full-rate production, and allows us to manufacture the remaining aircraft over the next several years with an opportunity for a cost-effective procurement,” said Cmdr. Tony Rossi, the integrated product team lead for the P-8A program. Aligned under the Naval Air Systems Command, the program’s current objective is to deliver 117 aircraft to the fleet. Thirteen of 37 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) aircraft have already been delivered to fleet squadrons, with all deliveries on or ahead of schedule. As the Naval Fleet Forces transition to the P-8A, from the P-3C, the Sailors will use these LRIP and future FRP aircraft to train and participate in operational missions. Currently, Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), who deployed in December, is equipped with LRIP aircraft. VP-16 and the second squadron with LRIP P-8As will receive their next upgrades through increments 2 and 3, which are the follow-up phases for capabilities for the P-8A aircraft and weapons systems. The next significant milestone for the P-8A program is initial operational capability (IOC) for Increment 2, which is scheduled for 2016, Rossi said. The P-8A’s current configuration, Increment 1, consists of the following capabilities: persistent armed anti-submarine warfare (ASW), an integrated sensor suite, and significant improvement in situational awareness. Increment 2 will consist of multi-static active coherent acoustics, automated identification system, and high-altitude ASW weapon capability. “This FRP milestone is a testament to the incredible effort and dedication of the P-8A team to deliver the P-8A to the fleet as planned,” said Capt. Scott Dillon, PMA-290 program manager. “The team has accomplished a lot over the last six months, from passing the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation period this summer to achieving IOC this fall and the P-8′s first operational deployment this winter. We are moving forward with a successful start to 2014 with the announcement of FRP. The high-quality work of the P-8A team has made this milestone possible. We look forward to having continued successes within the program.” The P-8A Poseidon will replace the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Story and photo courtesy PMA-290 Public Affairs Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – Forty-four Air Force captains and first lieutenants have been selected as primary or alternate test pilot school program attendees, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 21. According to a recent news release “Officers selected will fill classes beginning in June this year, said Maj. Miles Middleton, AFPC special assignments branch. The program exists to develop specially trained pilots, combat systems officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft pilots to monitor, manage, and perform flight tests on research, experimental or production-type aerospace vehicles and weapon systems, he said. “Program graduates have profound strategic impact on future combat capabilities, so selection is highly competitive,” Middleton said. “Graduates are future senior leaders who will help shape our national security and identifying the right people for this opportunity was critical.” To see the list of selectees, visit myPers at and enter “Test Pilot School” in the search window. QUICK LINK: Test Pilot School Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO — The United States Navy has announced a yearlong series of events that will mark the milestone 50th anniversary of the first E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, delivered to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 11 on Jan. 19, 1964, becoming what is affectionately known as “the eyes and ears of the Navy.” As the first aircraft explicitly designed for the Navy’s AEW mission, the E-2 has had a presence aboard every carrier strike group in the Navy’s arsenal and has participated in every major combat operation, providing humanitarian and disaster relief. According to a recent news release, the E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data Systems Program Office (PMA-231) has named 2014 as the Year of the Hawkeye. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform. It features a state-of-the-art radar with a two-generation leap in capability and upgraded aircraft systems that will improve fleet supportability and increase readiness. The E-2D is on schedule to reach initial operational capability later this year. Celebrations are scheduled to begin Jan. 19 kicking off a yearlong series of events focusing feature podcasts, videos, photos and articles about the E-2 Hawkeye that will be posted online (see Quick Link below for details). QUICK LINK: Hawkeye www.navair.navy.mil/hawkeye Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – Russ Strine joins Matt Jolley with an update on the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s P-61 “Black Widow” restoration. MAAM’s P-61 will soon become the only flying example of the famous WWII era night fighter. Russ also unveils some big news about their upcoming WWII Weekend! Over a thousand re-enactors, 80 period airplanes and hundreds of military vehicles make up this “total immersion” living history experience. The WWII Weekend in Reading, PA is truly a bucket list adventure for any history buff. Hear all the details on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE! Thanks for tuning in. QUICK LINK: The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum Warbird Radio LIVE! - P61 Black Widow Update - Ep531 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (553) podPressShowHidePlayer('5', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10495/0/Episode531-P61UPDATE.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - P61 Black Widow Update - Ep531', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – The 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Nellis AFB performs a number of operations ranging from medically certifying aircrews, to responding to medical emergencies on the flightline. They are also responsible for maintaining and treating all pilots, aircrew and flightline workers in support of flying operations. According to a recent news release, although medicine is in the name, the squadron does much more than that, said Maj. (Dr.) Kenji Takano, a 99th AMDS flight surgeon. “It is medicine, but it’s also a lot of physiology and understanding of the occupational and physical stresses that (aircrew members) face out there,” he said. One way AMDS Airmen accomplish their mission is by experiencing firsthand what the fliers go through mentally and physically by participating in a variety of training opportunities. “We experience the (altitude chamber), (which) simulates going up in elevation,” said Staff Sgt. Natllely Quintero, a 99th AMDS aerospace medicine service technician. “We feel all the physiological symptoms and [gaseous changes] in our body.” In the controlled environment of the altitude chamber aircrews learn to recognize how their body reacts when deprived of oxygen. The Airmen also conduct familiarization training with the various aircraft on base to understand differences that may have an impact on the crews. “The key about flight surgeons is they fly with the units,” Takano said. “They fly with these guys, and they understand what (they) go through every day.” This familiarization gives the flight surgeons a better understanding of what pilots’ bodies endure during flight, and gives the doctors an advantage in understanding the pilots’ needs. According to Takano, Nellis is different from other bases because it has so many different airframes, and every aircraft causes its own type of medical issues. “Fighter pilots have a lot of neck issues (and) helo guys get a lot of back issues,” he said. “There’s a lot of work related stressors and sleep issues that happen to our (RPA) community,” the doctor said. “Being deployed at home is not easy.” The ability to see firsthand what aircrew experience really helps Quintero relate to them, she said. “I have a lot of respect for (pilots) and any flier as to what they do, what their bodies go through and their work,” she said. From first responder roles to actively participating in aerial flights and training, the 99th AMDS provides a support role to the Nellis and Creech aircrews in aim of their mission. “The aviation environment is a very harsh environment — very loud, very cold,” Takano said. “For instance some of the altitudes those jets fly at … if the pilots were exposed to the environments at those altitudes, they would have seconds to live.” I fly with the helo squadron, the 34th (Weapons Squadron), they fly HH-60s. It’s not just a helicopter ride like you see the news crews do where they’re talking about the traffic. It’s a lot of vibration, it’s a lot of temperature extremes, very cold to very hot. It’s hard on you; it’s not an easy place to function.” The 99th AMDS uses all the tools they have available to keep Airmen safe and healthy through these extreme mission requirements. “The Air Force has spent a lot of time and money to train these people to do what they do, and we have to work hard to keep them up there and insure flight safety,” Takano said. “Our overall mission is to keep the fliers flying.” ABOUT THE PHOTO: Capt. (Dr.) Thomas Shute listens to a patient’s breathing during a follow-up occupational health exam Jan. 10, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Flight surgeons are responsible for maintaining and treating all pilots, aircrew and flightline workers in support of flying operations. Shute is a 42nd Attack Squadron flight surgeon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Timothy Young) Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force kicks off its 2014 Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series with a special presentation on part of the U.S. Air Force’s mission in the Middle East. According to a recent news release, Col. Robert A. Strasser and Lt. Col. Tay W. Johannes will present “The U.S. Air Force’s Mission to Help Create Afghan Air Power” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the museum’s Carney Auditorium. They will discuss their own experiences in building the Afghan Air Force, including resources, organizational interactions, mission objectives and how historical events have influenced decision making. Strasser is B-2 system program manager and chief of the B-2 Division, Fighters and Bombers Directorate for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the planning, acquisition and sustainment of the most capable bomber aircraft in U.S. history, the B-2 Spirit. After commissioning in 1991 from the U.S. Air Force Academy with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Strasser earned his pilot wings in 1992. A senior instructor pilot with more than 2,700 flight hours, he served in various leadership positions at both the squadron and group levels. He also has extensive flight experience in multiple joint operations, including Northern and Southern Watch, Allied Force and Noble Eagle. Johannes has been an assistant professor of engineering management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) since 2010, and he deployed to Afghanistan as military advisor to the Afghan Air Force Civil Engineer in 2010-2011. He received his Ph.D. in engineering management from The George Washington University, and his research areas include mathematical modeling, geographic information systems, emergency and risk communications, contingency military engineering, and energy. Johannes is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Military Officers Association of America and Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management Honor Society). For more information or handicapped seating arrangements during the lecture, contact the museum’s Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free. QUICK LINK: USAF Museum Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – Long time listener and friend of Warbird Radio, Kevin Korterud, wrote the other day with a great story about some “weekend work” he and friend Mike Bates have been tending to. There’s an F-105 at the Zanesville, Ohio Municipal Airport that’s long overdue for a coat of paint. Both Bates and Korterud decided to “do the right thing” and take on the project. The men have paid for everything out of the own pockets and have completed all the work by themselves (and some help from their kids). As of today, the old Thunderchief is looking new. 792 is primed, painted and nearly complete. The goal is to make her look like she did when she rolled off the assembly line. The last bit of work is to add the USAF marking and stencils. Because of the high cost of these graphics, Korterud and Bates are asking for some help. The plan is to give everyone who donates a 8.5 x 11 photograph of the F-105 once she’s completed. If you’d like to help, you can reach them by sending an email to address below. HELP THE F105: email@example.com PHOTO GALLERY: [Show as slideshow] Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – I was driving to the airport yesterday and noticed a sign in the window of a small house “Adventure Lives Here“. The rest of the drive I couldn’t stop thinking about that sign. Adventure was once a huge part of a pilot’s life. Today, I’m not so sure. Most of us will spend a lifetime trying to prevent adventure. Everything in our daily life is planned for maximum efficiency and minimum “adventure”. When we drive to work, most of us go the same way every day. When there’s a wreck, we have our pre-planned backup routes (which we take all too often). What we eat, what we do at work, where we shop– it’s all become routine. There’s absolutely no adventure in most of our lives. I’m not advocating dangerous flying or cliff diving, I’m just saying most of us have become comfortable in our own routine. The weather yesterday was perfect: calm winds, warm sun and a bright blue sky. If I didn’t go flying, I would most certainly be forced to turn in my pilot’s license. I pushed the Chippie out and blasted off for my usual routine trip around the coast. As I climbed out the adventure sign became emblazoned in my mind. I immediately turned right and set a course for the Gulf of Mexico. About twenty miles offshore is Ship Island. In the 1800s it was strategically located along one of the only deep water channels on the Mississippi coast. In 1859 the military decided to strengthen coastal defenses and erected a large fort on the island. The military held control until the next century. I decided my adventure today would be to see the fort. After a short flight the island appeared on the horizon and the stoic image of the fort came into view. I circled a few times and headed back feeling like I was living again. It’s been two years since my last real adventure in an airplane. The book about my two month long sojourn across the United States and Canada is almost finished and I guess I’m in real need of another adventure. My guess is you are too. If you want to do something crazy here’s the push to do it. Neither of us are getting any younger and today’s the only day we know we have for sure. After pushing the Chipmunk back into the hangar there was just one last thing to do. I grabbed the big marker I keep in my tool box and a scrap of poster paper. Next time you see my airplane look for it. Adventure lives here too! ~Matt Jolley Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO —The Navy’s unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. According to a recent news release, now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is used to collect lessons learned for its successor, the MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system. “This was originally intended to be a six-month concept demonstration,” said Capt. Jim Hoke, program manager for the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System program office (PMA-262), who oversees the BAMS-D program. “Six years later, the tempo of operations and demand for products from BAMS-D has remained steady and the deployment has been extended indefinitely.” Flown by both Navy and contractor personnel, the asset is controlled from Patuxent River and operated under Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, Commander, Task Force 57 in theater. In a typical mission, the aircraft normally tracks surface shipping and images littoral targets of naval interest in the CENTCOM AOR, said Mike McDaniel, the former BAMS-D test director, who is now Triton’s test director. Within minutes, crew members analyze these tracks and images and then send them out to units worldwide. “The speed of delivery, combined with the enormous quantity of information collected on each flight, has made BAMS-D invaluable to the fleet,” he said. The Navy originally acquired two RQ-4A aircraft to build Navy experience in operating large unmanned aircraft and develop tactics and doctrine for the Triton program. RQ-4A can fly at altitudes above 50,000 feet for typically a 24-hour duration. To date, the Navy’s RQ-4A fleet has flown more than 750 sorties during test and real-world operations and has flown a total of 12,000 hours. ABOUT THE PHOTO: The RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D)surpassed 10,000 combat flight hours in December 2013. Pictured here in front of the RQ-4A is one of the ground station operators, Chief Naval Air Crewman Michael Karas, in Patuxent River, Md. who contributed to flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo) Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – We’re talking avionics on this episode of WRL. If you’re flying your priceless warbird to airshows and displays why not get there safely with some modern avionics. Reduce your work load and improve accuracy at the same time. The new AVMap Ultra is a newly introduced EFIS and GPS combo that won’t molest your original panel (or break your bank account). You can literally plug this gem into a standard size instrument hole and connect it up to your pitot-static line. The goal here is safety without a cockpit remodeling project. If you’re displaying or having your aircraft judged and “originality points” are coveted just pop your old A/N gyro back in when you land. Simply put…if the mission for your airplane has changed you should consider a change in it’s equipment. Listen in as Grant Farrell from AVMap and Scott Yoak from Aerospace Specialties tackle this ever debated topic and introduce the new AVMap Ultra EFIS. QUICK LINK: AVMap QUICK LINK: Quick Silver Mustang Warbird Radio LIVE! - Modern Avionics In Old Rides - Ep530 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (359) podPressShowHidePlayer('6', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/podpress_trac/play/10448/0/Episode530-AVMap_mixdown.mp3', 290, 24, 'false', 'http://www.warbirdradio.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/vpreview_center.png', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Modern Avionics In Old Rides - Ep530', 'WarbirdRadio.com'); Read More →
WARBIRD RADIO – The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s own Russ Strine shows us around their Northrop P-61 “B” Black Widow. For more pics be sure and check them out in the Image Gallery. For more info on MAAM just click on the Quick Link posted below. Enjoy!
QUICK LINK: The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
WARBIRD RADIO – Go along for the ride in the Commemorative Air Force’s B-24 “Diamond Lil”. Veteran Tales Project coordinator Erik Johnston shares his experience on this quick video. Enjoy!
QUICK LINK: Veteran Tales Project
QUICK LINK: CAF B-24 / B-29 Squadron
WARBIRD RADIO – Ever wonder what it’s like to ride along on the Blue Angels C-130 Fat Albert during the airshow? Watch this for a sample of the fun that can be had when the United States Marine Corps takes to the air! Warbird Radio’s own Zane Adams was fortunate to meet these fine Marines and get a seat on the airplane during Air Power Expo 2011 at NAS Fort Worth.
QUICK LINK: The Blue Angels