The Warbird Radio Christmas Spectacular – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 636

WARBIRD RADIO – It’s the most wonderful time of the year and time for our annual Christmas Spectacular.  Tune in and call in with your Christmas wish list or simply say hello.  You never know who will join the show and every year there are always a few surprises.  The studio contact information is posted below.  Merry Christmas!

QUICK LINK:  NORAD Santa Tracker

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

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EAA’s Chris Henry Shares His B-17 Presentation – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 635

WARBIRD RADIO – Chris Henry is the Museum Program Coordinator for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and he’s joining Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  One of his principal duties is reuniting World War II veterans and their families with the aircraft they flew in combat.  Over the years, Chris has developed a wonderful presentation on the B-17 that details stories that have come forward from the veterans he reunites with the B-17.  Chris has made the slides available from his presentation for tonight’s broadcast.

FYI – if you’d like to see this presentation in person, Chris is scheduled to give it at the Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio during the B-17 Memphis Belle’s official installment.  Talk about an honor!  As always, we’ll be taking your calls and questions, so please call in and join the conversation.  Thanks for listening!

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QUICK LINK:  Chris Henry’s B-17 Presentation 

 

 

Boeing F-18 Test Pilot John Tougas – Wabird Radio LIVE! – Episode 634

WARBIRD RADIO –  Boeing F-18 Experiment Test Pilot John Tougas, joins Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  John Tougas is an Experimental Test Pilot based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. He supports all aspects of the technology development, acceptance and demonstration flight operations for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

According to his official biography, Tougas was the lead test pilot for the Advanced Super Hornet technology demonstrator, conducted autonomous landing flight tests on the QF-16 drone during initial testing and flew air refueling flight tests in the TA-4J Skyhawk for the 767 Italian Tanker program. Tougas joined Boeing in 2009 after a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. He entered the Navy through an ROTC scholarship earning Bachelors in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech in 1988.

He received his Navy wings of gold in 1990 and returned Georgia Tech where he earned a Master’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1991. In 1992, Tougas completed initial F-18 Hornet training as the top graduate in his class and joined his first Fleet squadron, VFA-195 Dambusters home ported in Japan. During this tour Tougas made numerous deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf flying combat missions in the F/A-18C Hornet off the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 1996, Tougas was assigned to Naval Air Station China Lake, California, as an operational test pilot with VX-9 where he led several F/A-18C project upgrades. In 1997, Tougas graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) in Patuxent River, returning to China Lake as a developmental test pilot in the F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet.

In 2000, Tougas returned to the Fleet for his Department Head tour where he completed numerous deployments throughout the Western Pacific embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) including supporting Operations Noble Eagle following the September 11th terrorist attacks. In 2002, Tougas was assigned as the Officer in Charge of a Navy detachment to the Air Force Flight Test Center’s Nellis detachment. During this tour was the Chief Test Pilot of a classified prototype air vehicle and flew multiple types including F-18 and F-16 fighters.

In 2003 he was inducted into the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) where he served on the Membership Committee for 2 years. In 2005, Tougas returned to Japan for a third Fleet tour as the Carrier Air Group (CAG) Operations Officer. During this tour he orchestrated several multi-national exercises and managed the training and readiness resources for nine Fleet squadrons over six deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) to multiple locations in the Western Pacific while maintaining combat currency in the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Tougas’ last assignment in the Navy was serving as the Executive Officer for the VX-23 Salty Dogs at NAS Patuxent River, Md., where he flew many tests on F/A-18 projects and served in SETP as the East Coast Section Chairman. He retired from the Navy on March 2009, with the rank of Commander. His flying experience includes more than 4300 hours of flight time in more than 30 different types of aircraft. He has logged more than 3,000 F/A-18 hours including over 600 carrier arrested landings on eight aircraft carriers.

Tougas is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Naval Aviation Safety Officer School. His awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, two Navy and one Air Force Commendation Medals, one Navy and one Air Force Achievement Medal. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maryland Civil Air Patrol and serves on the SETP Board of Directors as the Secretary.

Matt also welcomes Jason Capra from Vintage Wings Inc. with an update on their C-53 “Beach City Baby”.

This marks the first time a current fighter aircraft test pilot has come on WRL

LIVE BROADCAST begins 8pm ET / 11-28-17 / Podcast will follow

QUICK LINK:  Boeing F-18 Program

QUICK LINK:  Beach City Baby’s Website

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Jerry Kerby Talks Draken & Trojan Thunder – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 633

WARBIRD RADIO – Lt. Col Jerry “Jive” Kerby (USAF Ret) always seems to be flying something exciting.  Lt Col Kerby is Vice President, Operations for Draken International and an internationally known air show pilot. Retiring as a Lt. Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2006 after 23 years of service, Jive amassed over 3400 hours in the F-15 Eagle and over 400 hours in the F-4 Phantom. After graduating at the top of his pilot training class, he was awarded an F-15 Eagle training slot and eventually went on to graduate from the USAF Fighter Weapons School in the F-15C. During his 7 operational tours in the F-15C, he was awarded numerous TOP GUN awards, including the Top Element award for the 1992 William Tell Air To Air Competition.

A combat veteran, he led over 20 missions in Desert Storm (SOUTHERN WATCH) as an overall Air-to-Air Mission Commander. Jive was also a military liaison and instructor pilot for the Royal Saudi Air Force and was instrumental in establishing the first ever F-15 Fighter Weapons School for that country. During the final two years of his USAF career, Jive transitioned to the F-4 Phantom as the Commander of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and became the USAF’s first F-4 Heritage Flight Pilot. Jive is the only civilian Certified Flight Instructor in the F-4 (non-military) in the U.S. and is also a CFI in the T-33 Shooting Star, T-28 Trojan, the L-39 Albatross, MiG 15/17, and the MS760. He holds a Surface Solo and Formation Aerobatic card in the F-4, L-39, T-33, T-28, MiG 15/17, and MS-760 and has performed in over 250 airshow performances. Since his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, Jive has accumulated a total of over 12,000 flight hours in over 50 different types of aircraft.

Ralph “aka” SkyDoc will also be joining in on the call with Jive tonight!

Your calls and comments are always welcome!  Just use the contact information posted below.  Thanks for tuning in.

LIVE Broadcast 11/21/2017 at 8pm ET / Podcast will follow.

QUICK LINK:  Trojan Thunder

QUICK LINK:  Draken International

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

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The World’s Only Flying C-97 – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 632

WARBIRD RADIO – Tim Chopp founder of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation joins Matt Jolley with a full report on their C-97’s recent post restoration flight.  On November 7th 2017 the Angel of Deliverance took flight after a lengthy restoration with Tim Chopp and his crew.  Tim’s organization is no stranger to operating large four engine aircraft.  Since 1988 the foundation has owned the Spirit of Freedom C-54 and they’ve told the story of the Berlin Air Lift to countless people.  

Matt also welcomes International Council of Air Shows President John Cudahy with news on the airspace privatization efforts underway in Washington.  This proposed legislation would dramatically effect the air show industry in the USA and subsequently the operation of vintage military aircraft.  Hear both stories tonight (11/14/17) starting at 8pm ET.  To join the conversation just use the contact information posted below.

A special thank you to photographer Corey J. Beitler for allowing us to use his image of the C-97.  

LIVE Broadcast begins at 8pm 11/14/17 – Podcast will immediately follow.

QUICK LINK:  Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation

QUICK LINK:  International Council of Air Shows

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

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