F-35 Test Pilot – Billie Flynn – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 641

WARBIRD RADIO – Billie Flynn is a test pilot’s test pilot and he’s joining Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Mr. Flynn is currently testing the F-35 for Lockheed Martin but has a host of experience flying the super jets of our time.  Tune in tonight for a great conversation about the F-35 and what’s in store for the USA’s 5th generation fighter (plus some news for the 2018 air show season).

Ryan Keough also joins Matt with a look at a new project the Collings Foundation is working on.  As always, we love hearing from you and appreciate you listening.

QUICK LINK:  Lockheed Martin’s F-35

QUICK LINK:  Collings Foundation

Aviator Warren Pietsch – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 640

WARBIRD RADIO – When it comes to vintage aircraft display pilots few can touch the of experience Warren Pietsch.  According to his Pietsch Aircraft biography, Warren began flying at a young age and soloed on his 16th birthday. In 1980 Warren joined his father Al and brother, Kent in the Air Show industry performing at shows across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to flying Air Shows, Warren was a captain for a major airline for 20 years flying Lockheed 1011, B-727, B-737’s worldwide. Warren has accumulated over 26,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from gliders, J-3 Cubs, antique aircraft and vintage WWII aircraft.  Warren continues to operate the family business his father began in 1957. Pietsch Aircraft Restoration & Repair, Inc. is located in Minot, ND. They offer flight instruction including both glider and power aircraft. The shop crew remains busy rebuilding several antique aircraft, maintaining customer aircraft, and engine work. Warren & Brian started the Minot Aero Center together and opened it’s doors for operation December 31, 2009 and it has been growing ever since. 

In addition to his work at Pietsch Aircraft, Warren is the Chief Pilot for the Texas Flying Legends Museum and an active participant at the Dakota Territory Air Museum.  Just the links below for more information.  Thanks for tuning in.

SHOWTIME is 8pm ET / Tuesday / January 30th 2018 / Podcast will follow

QUICK LINK:  Texas Flying Legends

QUICK LINK:  Dakota Territory Air Museum

QUICK LINK:  Pietsch Aircraft

The Wings Over New Zealand Show – deHavilland Hornet Restorer Corin McCrae – Episode 20

WARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood and Grant McHerron are back with a new broadcast.  The guys are joined this month by deHavilland Hornet restorer Corin McCrae.  In this episode of The Wings Over New Zealand Live Show, Dave and Grant return after a long break, and as well as a round up of news and happenings from New Zealand and Australia, Dave also talks with guest Corin McCrae of Aerowood.  Corin’s business, Aerowood, is all about crafting the wooden parts required to rebuild or repair classic wooden aeroplanes. Unlike many companies rebuilding wooden aeroplanes however Aerowood uses computer CAD technology and a CNC automated cutting machine.  Personally Corin has created wooden parts for all sorts of projects from Tiger Moths to SE5a’s. But most famously Corin has been involved in rebuilding the wooden structure of several de Havilland Mosquitoes as flying projects. Two of them now flying in the USA – KA114 with Jerry Yagen’s Military Aircraft Museum, and TV959 with Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. The third flying Mosquito project, Rod Lewis’s PZ474, should hopefully fly sometime in 2018.  And Aerowood has another exciting upcoming project, working with Pioneer Aero Restorations Ltd of Ardmore, and that is the de Havilland Sea Hornet TT193 project that is planned to be restored to fly too. He talks about all these projects and more.

SHOWTIME is 9pm ET / Tuesday / January 30th 2018 / Podcast will follow

QUICK LINK:  Aerowood

QUICK LINK:  Pioneer Aero Ltd

QUICK LINK:  Pioneer Aero Ltd on Facebook

Author Stephen Bridgewater – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 639

WARBIRD RADIO – Author Stephen Bridgewater joins Matt Jolley in studio with a look at his latest books.  Mr. Bridgewater is an accomplished author and award winning journalist in the United Kingdom.  Tune in tonight for all the details.  If you’d like to buys the books featured on this broadcast just click the link below to purchase.

SHOWTIME – 8pm ET – January 24th 2018

QUICK LINK:  Buy The Books Here!

STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768

UPDATE – Beach City Baby C-53 – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 638

WARBIRD RADIO – Jason Capra joins Matt Jolley with an update on the Beach City Baby C-53 restoration project.  Mr. Capra is the President of Vintage Wings, Incorporated a Pennsylvania 501C3 non profit corporation that owns the historic C-53.  The airframe is believed to be one of a handful of aircraft surviving today used in Operation Torch.  The historic operation opened the North Africa campaign of WWII and served as America’s test bed for fighting the “new” war.  The “Baby” played a vital role in transporting leadership to the theater and abroad.  Since Mr. Capra’s last visit, some major progress has been made on the “Baby” and we’re looking forward to hearing the news on this episode.  As always, your calls and comments are welcome.  Just use the contact information posted below.

QUICK LINK:  Vintage Wings Website

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

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