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The Wings Over New Zealand Show – LIVE TONIGHT (9/16/14) – 9pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood takes over the airwaves tonight LIVE for the first time on Warbird  Join us in welcoming Dave and the Wings Over New Zealand Show to the family.  Hear stories about a very special RNZAF DC-3 and much more tonight at 9pm (EASTERN) immediately following Warbird Radio LIVE!  Thanks for tuning in. QUICK LINK:  Wings Over New Zealand STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE: warbirdradio EMAIL: The Wings Over New Zealand Show - LIVE - Episode 1 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (421) podPressShowHidePlayer('1', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'The Wings Over New Zealand Show - LIVE - Episode 1', ''); Read More →

Warbird Radio LIVE! – Bill Harrison & EAA B-17 Update – TONIGHT 8pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – Matt Jolley is back with a brand new episode featuring the man who donated the B-17 to the EAA, Dr. Bill Harrison.  Hear Dr. Harrison’s story tonight (9/16/14) starting at 8pm (EASTERN).  Matt will also check in with Chris Henry to find out what’s going on with the EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast today.  Your calls and questions are always welcome!  The contact information is posted below. QUICK LINK:  EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast Website STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio EMAIL: Warbird Radio LIVE! - Bill Harrison & EAA's B-17 - Episode 542 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (391) podPressShowHidePlayer('2', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Bill Harrison & EAA\'s B-17 - Episode 542', ''); Read More →

The Texas Warbird Report – Authors Dan Linn & Brad Pilgrim – TONIGHT 9pm (EASTER)

WARBIRD RADIO – Join us tonight (09-09-14) for the first episode of The Texas Warbird Report!  Host Zane Adams welcomes warbird regulars turned authors Dan Linn and Brad Pilgrim.  For decades the Breckenridge, Texas air show was the stuff of legend.  Brad and Dan routinely attended the air show and fortunately took lots of pictures. Last year Dan and Brad decided they should combine their photography collections and publish a book about the show in Breckenridge.  Hear all the background stories and much more tonight at 9pm (EASTERN).  If you have a Breckenridge story call in and share.  The contact number / Skype handle is posted below.  Thanks for tuning in! STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio EMAIL: QUICK LINK:  Breckenridge Warbirds   The Texas Warbird Report - Episode 1 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (327) podPressShowHidePlayer('3', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'The Texas Warbird Report - Episode 1', ''); Read More →

WWII P-51″Mustang” Pilot Jerry Yellin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday 8pm (EASTERN)

WARBIRD RADIO – Noted military aviation author and former WWII P-51 pilot Jerry Yellin shares his story this Tuesday night with Matt Jolley.  Mr. Yellin landed on Iwo Jima March 7, 1945, strafed Japanese positions for the US Marines and flew 19 long range (VLR) missions over Japan. He and his wife of 61 years, Helene, have four sons and six grandchildren, three who live in America and three who live in Japan. Mr. Yellin is currently working with Operation Warrior Wellness to provide relief for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Hear his own courageous story of flying, fighting and overcoming PTSD this Tuesday (9/9/14) at 8pm (EASTERN). UPDATE:  CAPT Jim Porter (USN RET) and P-51 Mustang demonstration pilot Andrew J. McKenna will also join Tuesday’s show.  CAPT Porter is the President of the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia.  The museum is raffling away a ride in McKenna’s restored P-51 this October.  Tickets are $10.00 USD and available by dialing:  703-393-0660 or emailing: The Freedom Museum is also hosting a hangar dance and motorcycle raffle as well.  For more information visit their website which is Quick Linked below.  Thanks for tuning in. STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768 SKYPE:  warbirdradio EMAIL: QUICK LINK:  Freedom Museum QUICK LINK:  Operation Warrior Wellness   Warbird Radio LIVE! - Jerry Yellin - Episode 541 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (350) podPressShowHidePlayer('4', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - Jerry Yellin - Episode 541', ''); Read More →

First Completed Global Hawk Makes History With 100th Flight

WARBIRD RADIO – The first completed Global Hawk has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA environmental research. According to a recent news release, the milestone occurred on a flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California more than 16 years after its first flight in 1998. The aircraft is now at Wallops Island for a two month deployment to conduct hurricane research missions. The aircraft, called AV1, was the first RQ-4 Global Hawk built under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator program. Ryan Aeronautical Company built and tested the UAS, later acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation. After completing production in February 1997, the aircraft underwent rigorous testing culminating in a successful first flight on Feb. 28, 1998. Due to restrictions preventing the aircraft from taking off in San Diego, the first flight required the Global Hawk to be disassembled and shipped in pieces to Edwards Air Force Base for reassembly and first flight. While still a developmental system, Global Hawk began supporting overseas contingency operations only two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Global Hawks continue to support combat and other important operations all over the world. After acquiring two pre-production Global Hawks from the Air Force, NASA and Northrop Grumman entered in to the Space Act Agreement. The partnership, signed in 2008, allows sharing of NASA Global Hawks for science missions and flight demonstrations. Under the agreement, Northrop Grumman provides technical, engineering, maintenance and operations support. With the ability to fly as high as 65,000 feet for periods of 30 hours, Global Hawks provide a combination of high altitude and long endurance performance capabilities that allow the science community to study scientific and environmental phenomena in depth. In April 2010, NASA sent AV1 on its first scientific mission to study the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Fitted with 11 science instruments, the Global Hawk acquired and transmitted data that had never been seen before. Over the course of four flights and 82.5 cumulative flight hours, the aircraft traveled from Hawaii to Alaska collecting air, water and polar ice data. Since AV1’s first mission, NASA Global Hawks have flown missions all over the globe in support of environmental and scientific studies. In the fall of 2012, AV1 supported environmental scientists during Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) missions. The HS3 missions studied the processes of hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean. Prior to HS3, AV1 flew winter storm missions over the Pacific and Arctic, observing an “atmospheric river,” which sometimes causes flooding on the West Coast. NASA Global Hawks have also studied climate change and the effect of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In addition to scientific and environmental research, AV1 participated in cutting edge technology demonstrations. Both NASA Global Hawks were used in a series of DARPA demonstrations used to advance UAS-to-UAS aerial refueling control system technology in 2012. In 2013, the Space Act Agreement was renewed for an additional five years, allowing NASA Global Hawks to continue to explore remotes parts of the planet and investigate environmental and scientific events.  Read More →

New LIVE Channel, New Studio, New Shows – Warbird Radio 2014 New Fall Lineup

WARBIRD RADIO – As summer comes to a close it’s time to get serious about cranking out some new shows.  The biggest news for our Fall 2014 season is that our LIVE channel is back with an all new format.  This new talk intense format brings back some of your favorite shows plus many news ones. More big news is that Warbird Radio LIVE moves from mornings to a weekly evening spot on Tuesday nights at 8pm (EASTERN).  Matt Jolley (host of Warbird Radio LIVE) says the new time slot gives guests and fans of the show a better chance of coming on during the live broadcast and sharing their thoughts and stories.  “The morning show was great…but 8pm (EASTERN) on Tuesday is prime territory for us.  The majority of our listeners are home from work and in their workshops or hangars and are looking for something fun to listen to.  We’re hoping they spend some time with us on Tuesday nights” says Jolley.  Despite the challenges of a storm damaged internet connection the numbers for the first episode on September 2nd were higher than the average listenership numbers during the morning time slot. The studio was completed last month but speaking of the storm damaged internet connection, a new fiber optic connection is being installed on the 4th of September.  This new connection will eliminate the shaky service the studio currently has during rain.  In addition to the new fiber optic line our virtual web player has changed as well.  Mike Chilson and his team have made it much easier to listen to Warbird on mobile devices and for that matter, any platform you’d like to tune in with.  Just click the listen live button in the top right corner and give it a try. Podcasts of our live shows will continue to be available the following morning so listeners who prefer the on-demand capability can still listen at their leisure.  To listen to the recorded podcast just subscribe to the RSS feed or play the show directly from the show story page.  You can also download the file and play it remotely from the show story page as well.  The new functionality is something Chilson says will improve the “ease of use” for fans the world over. So what about the new shows?  Dave Homewood moves from podcaster to live broadcaster with a new LIVE version of the Wings Over New Zealand Show (debuts September 2014).  Wings Over New Zealand – LIVE will be our first show remotely produced from outside the USA.  The RNZAF has a rich history and Warbird is ready to bring their stories to a broader audience.  Zane Adams is also back with a new show:  The Texas Warbird Report.  Zane’s new effort capitalizes on the Lone Star State and it’s overwhelming involvement with vintage military aviation.  Warbirds and warbird operators are almost as numerous in Texas as oil wells and Zane is ready to meet them all. The Texas Warbird Report’s inaugural episode goes live Tuesday night at 9pm (EASTERN) on September 9th 2014.  The League of WWI Aviation Historians will continue to produce Over The Front’s radio version and a new series featuring the women of warbirds is slated to start this fall as well.  Hartman & Heins are also back and go LIVE for the first time this fall (scary thought).  Their unique brand of humor is addictive and should go perfectly with your evening listening activities.  The show we’re perhaps most concerned with is one that our good friend Chris Henry is slated to host. The Crash Pad (working title) will be based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and very close to a certain non-profit aviation organization nearby.  The hosts may or may not work there (at un-mentioned non-profit) and all live together.  There’s literally no telling where this show can go but it’s slated for takeoff this September as well.  So here’s a quick look at the current LIVE channel schedule: Warbird Radio LIVE:  8 hour – 2 hour Warbird Radio Presents: 11 hour – 5 hour Over The Front: 10 hour  – 4 hour – 10 hour Wings Over New Zealand: 6 hour – 12 hour Hartman & Heins:  1 hour – 7 hour The RC Scale Builder Show: 9 hour – 3 hour Be sure to check our Facebook page and click “Like” to stay up to date with your fellow listeners.  The address is  To make it easy, with regards to listening to your favorite shows LIVE,  just remember to tune in Tuesday nights from 8pm – 10pm (EASTERN).  Thanks again for tuning in and being a part of our family since 2009! Sincerely – The Warbird Radio Team  Read More →

The Navy’s X-47B Compled Its Final Test Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

WARBIRD RADIO – The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea.  According to a recent news release, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation. “This is another detachment for the record books; all tests were safely and effectively executed,” said Capt. Beau Duarte, Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager.  “We have set the bar for the future of unmanned carrier aviation.” Testing began Aug. 17 when the X-47B performed its initial cooperative launch and recovery cycle with an F/A-18.  With its automatic wing-fold capability and new tailhook retract system, the X-47B met the program’s objective to demonstrate that carrier-based manned and unmanned aircraft could maintain a 90 second aircraft launch and recovery interval. Throughout the week, the Navy/Northrop Grumman test team captured X-47B flying quality and recovery wind condition data to evaluate how the aircraft responds to wake turbulence during approach and landing. This data will be used to improve a simulation model for use with carrier-based aircraft. The team also evaluated how the unmanned aircraft performed during the first night time taxi and deck handling operations aboard a carrier. Since the shipboard environment presents different challenges at night, this test was an incremental step in developing the operational concept for more routine unmanned air system flight activity. “We conducted X-47B night flight deck operations to understand the human interface and suitability of the unmanned air vehicle and deck operator’s hand-held control unit in the night environment,” said Barbara Weathers, X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System lead. “These lessons learned will help with the development of future unmanned platforms.” The Navy will continue to execute shore-based testing at Patuxent River to further the goal of seamless integration with manned aircraft and to refine best practices for the evaluation of future unmanned air systems.  Read More →

Warbird Radio LIVE! – The Welcome Back Show – Episode 540

WARBIRD RADIO – Matt’s back LIVE tonight (9-2-14) at 8pm Eastern time.  Tune in for an action packed show with lots of guest and some big news for our Texas friends.  Did we mention the all new LIVE channel is back as well?  New shows and some of your favorites can be heard 24/7 by clicking the Listen LIVE button on the right side of your screen. Call in tonight with your comments and questions!  Our studio contact numbers are posted below.  Thanks again for tuning in and we hope to hear from you tonight. UPDATE:  Guest include USAF Col. Joe Kittinger (RET), Red Bull Stratos Project Manager Art Thompson, Mike Ginter from the Culpepper Air Fest and Patrick Mihalek from the Warbirds of Glory Museum (Sandbar Mitchell). SKYPE:  warbirdradio TELEPHONE:  478-787-4768 EMAIL:   Warbird Radio LIVE! - The Welcome Back Show 2014 Season Starter - Episode 540 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (408) podPressShowHidePlayer('5', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'Warbird Radio LIVE! - The Welcome Back Show 2014 Season Starter - Episode 540', ''); Read More →

The R/C Scale Builder Show – Dino DiGiorgio / Meister Scale

WARBIRD RADIO – Join Mike Chilson and friends Tuesday, September 2nd at 9:00pm ET as the RC Scale Builder Show returns LIVE. This episode show our guest will be Dino DiGiorgio, owner of Meister Scale and lots of other info from the world of R/C Scale Building. The program starts at 9pm (EST) and your partisipation is encouraged. To join in on the conversation just use the contact info below. Thanks for listening! QUICK LINK: Meister Scale Website STUDIO LINE: No calls this episode please SKYPE: No calls this episode please EMAIL: LIVE CHAT: Click Here To Chat The RC Scale Builder Show - Episode 102 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (451) podPressShowHidePlayer('6', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'The RC Scale Builder Show - Episode 102', ''); Read More →

They’re Back! – The Hartman & Heinz Show – Oshkosh 2014

WARBIRD RADIO – Andy Heinz and Mike Hartman are back with an all new show.  Tune in and hear from Steven Bridgewater (Aeroplane / Jets Magazine) and many more familiar voices.  Thanks for tuning in!  Next episode will be a live broadcast on the all new Warbird Radio LIVE streaming channel. DOWNLOAD SHOW FOR FREE BY CLICKING LINK BELOW The Hartman N Heinz Show - Oshkosh 2014 Episode 1 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (681) podPressShowHidePlayer('7', '', 290, 24, 'false', '', 'The Hartman N Heinz Show - Oshkosh 2014 Episode 1', ''); Read More →

Volunteers Help The B-25 Panchito Prepare For AirVenture 2014

WARBIRD RADIO – Volunteers at the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation have been hard at work getting the B-25 Panchito ready for center stage at EAA’s AirVenture 2014.  Panchito’s pilot Larry Kelley dropped us a few pictures and this note: Thanks to Steve, Brendan, Guy, John Vance, Al, Ben, Erin, Phil, Steve Nuwer, Harry, Colin, and others for all of the help this past weekend.  We were able to do a good wash down with Mineral Spirits to get off the oily film, then wash completely and begin polishing, along with many much needed small repairs. Our hats to all of you who help keep them flyin’.  See you at AirVenture 2014! ~ The Warbird Radio Team.  Read More →

Atlanta Warbird Weekend Announces Dates & Ride Flights

WARBIRD RADIO – One of the last flying B-17 Flying Fortress bombers, “Sentimental Journey,” will lead a flight of vintage World War II aircraft to Peachtree Dekalb-Airport (KPDK),and inaugurate the Atlanta Warbird Weekend, September 27-28, 2014.  According to a recent news release, cockpit tours and flights will be available in the B-17 and other aircraft, including a P-51 Mustang and rare SBD Dauntless dive bomber. When first flown in 1934, the four-engine B-17 was one of the most advanced designs in the world.  During World War II, the aircraft was the primary bomber used by the United States Army Air Forces on long range missions against Nazi Germany.  Of the 12,731 B-17s originally built, 4,750 were lost in combat.  Only fifty airframes are known to exist around the world and less than a dozen are capable of flight. The Atlanta Warbird Weekend is a first-time project between two chapters of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Airbase Arizona located in Mesa, AZ and the Peachtree City, GA based Dixie Wing. Established in Texas in 1957 as a 501c3 education non-profit, the CAF is the oldest and largest World War II flying museum in the United States, dedicated to restoring and preserving in flying condition examples of aircraft flown by the United States during the Second World War. “Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world” said Jay Bess, the CAF Dixie Wing Marketing Officer “and Georgia is a state that has thrived on aviation commerce for nearly 100 years.  Our vision is to create an annual event that celebrates an important era of America’s aviation history.” Aviation is a vital element of Georgia’s economy.  A study published in 2011 by the Georgia Department of Transportation estimated total economic impact of Georgia’s 104 publicly-owned, public-use airports at $62 billion annually. As public fascination in World War II aircraft continues to grow, aviation-minded communities across the country are hosting aircraft tour stops as an alternative to more complex and expensive air shows. Bess explained the purpose of Atlanta Warbird Weekend: “Our goals are to teach World War II history, increase awareness of the Commemorative Air Force in Atlanta and raise much needed funds for the restoration, maintenance and operation of these aircraft.  Seeing these planes in the air brings history alive in a way a museum, textbook or video never will.” Veterans groups and education displays will also be on hand. Peachtree-Dekalb Airport was used as a Naval Air Station during World War II, training thousands of Navy and Marine pilots.  Today, the airport handles 200,000 aircraft operations each year and is known for hosting community events promoting aviation. Joining the Flying Fortress will be a North America P-51 Mustang, considered by most historians to be the best all-round fighter and premier bomber escort of the Second World War.  The B-17 and P-51 are often remembered as stable mates, with bomber crews nicknaming the protecting fighters “Little Friends”.  Fighter pilots in turn referred to the bombers as “Big Friends”.  A ride in a Flying Fortress or Mustang is a life long dream for many aviation and history enthusiasts. Organizers will also host “Big Friends, Little Friends” Dinner & Symposium at the 1940s-themed 57th Fighter Group Restaurant Saturday evening.  Noted author and historian, Bruce Gamble will give a B-17 presentation and moderate a bomber and fighter pilot panel discussion. Sentimental Journey has been continuously flown since it was manufactured in 1944, performing missions from military reconnaissance to drone “mother ship” during nuclear testing, as well as firefighting, before being retired after three decades of service. In 1978, the aircraft was donated to the then-named Arizona Wing based in Mesa, Arizona.  Volunteers have meticulously restored the Flying Fortress to full military specifications, painting the B-17 in the markings of the 457th Bomb Group as a tribute to all aircrew who served during WWII.  The aircraft also features artwork recreating a classic Betty Grable pin-up photo well known to GIs, sailors and Marines of The Greatest Generation.  A local media contest produced the name Sentimental Journey from over 800 entries. Sentimental Journey has been touring North America since the early 1980s and makes 60 stops annually.  2014 will mark the first return of the B-17 to Georgia since 1999.  An unforgettable flight inside Sentimental Journey and other aircraft start at $425 per person. Cockpit tours are only $5; ground viewing and photo opportunities are free to the visiting public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Sept 27th-28th. QUICK LINK:  Atlanta Warbird Weekend  Read More →

National Warbird Operator Conference Announces 2015 Host City & Dates

WARBIRD RADIO – The National Warbird Operator Conference has announced it’s 2015 location and dates.  According to a recent news release the NWOC is pleased to announce that the 2015 conference will be held in New Orleans, Lousisana. As in previous years, the conference will focus on maintenance, operation, and regulatory aspects of warbird ownership. Vendors will be on hand to exhibit their wares and offer assistance. And the National WW II Museum has offered a private NWOC opening, reception and dinner Saturday night. Our host city of New Orleans is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. Early registration and hotel reservations will open Aug 1, 2014. NWOC 2015 Feb 26 – Mar 1, 2015 Hilton New Orleans Riverside QUICK LINK:  NWOC Website  Read More →

US Navy Welcomes 14th P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

WARBIRD RADIO – The U.S. Navy’s expands it’s maritime patrol capabilities with delivery of the 14th P-8A Poseidon aircraft.  According to a recent news release, the P-8A, delivered on schedule, is now with its squadron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing will deliver seven more of the maritime patrol aircraft this year. “We’re putting P-8A aircraft through their paces out in the field and appreciate all the reliability, capabilities and improvements the Poseidon brings to the table,” said U.S. Navy Commander Tony Rossi, P-8A deputy program manager. “The next squadron is trained, ready to go and will begin conducting missions in the near future.” The first P-8A squadron deployed to Kadena, Japan, in December and has been conducting operational missions ever since. The second squadron will deploy this summer. “Our team appreciates the Navy’s urgency to induct additional P-8As into the fleet,” said Rick Heerdt, Boeing Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement vice president and program manager. “The positive feedback we’ve received about the aircraft currently in service is a great motivator.” Based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Navy plans to purchase the versatile multi-mission aircraft to replace its P-3 Orion fleet. Boeing is currently under contract for 53 P-8As. The most recent delivery is the first from the third low-rate initial production contract awarded in 2012.  Read More →


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

Smithsonian’s Spirit of Tuskegee Final Journey – Flying Highlights

WARBIRD RADIO – Tag along as USAF Captain Matthew Quy and Smithsonian Curator Dik Daso fly one of the only surviving Tuskegee Airmen PT-13D Stearmans from Moton Field in Tuskegee Alabama to the National Air and Space Museum. For more information search key work:  Tuskegee on Warbird Radio and listen to Episode 326’s podcast.  Enjoy!


MAAM’s P-61 “B” – Video Tour

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

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