WARBIRD RADIO – Safety Month continues with one of the most respected flight instructors in the warbird world, Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback. Tune in this Tuesday evening (3/17/15) at 8pm EASTERN and hear some practical advice for preparing for the upcoming flying season.
Here’s a little more information on Mr. Lauderback according to Stallion 51’s website. Lee began flying in 1966 at the age of 15. Shortly after graduation from college, Lee started to work for the noted professional golfer and businessman, Arnold Palmer. For sixteen years, Lee headed up Mr. Palmer’s flight operations as chief pilot and director of flight operations, piloting his Learjet, C-I, C-II, C-III series Citation Jets, and MD500E helicopter.
Currently, Lee is chief instructor and demonstration pilot in the P-51 Mustang. In addition, he is also one of the pilots for the USAF Air Force Heritage Flight Program. He has also been a civilian instructor for the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD where test pilot students and instructors fly the Mustang.
Lee is a certified flight and ground instructor for airplane (single and multi-engine), instrument, helicopters and gliders, as well as being a FAA Pilot Proficiency Examiner and does acceptance flight-testing in various Warbirds, Helicopters, and Turbojets.
Amassing in excess of 20,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft and helicopters, including well over 8,700 hours in Mustangs, Lee has also had a chance to fly the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Viper, and F/A-18 Hornet. Lee has over 2000 hours in sailplanes and has competed in many soaring contests and has held several sailplane records.
Lee is also an accomplished master class falconer, and when not flying aircraft he can be found flying hawks and falcons.
For more information just click on the Quick Link posted below.
QUICK LINK: Stallion 51
WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s a great story for Friday! Robert “Punchy” Powell flew P-51’s and P-47’s in WWII with the famous 352nd Fighter Group in Bodney, Norfolk. The Nazi’s nicknamed the 352nd The Blue Nosed Bastards because of their distinct blue nose paint jobs…and their pilot’s overwhelming accuracy.
Punchy fills us in on what it was like to fly the Mustang during D-Day and much more. His story is one you’ll definitely want to listen to over and over again. Enjoy it this Friday from our archive.
QUICK LINK: The 352nd Fighter Group Association
WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s a great show from the archive. Master model builder Dave Platt (created models for movie Battle of Britain) joined Mike Chilson during this special RC Scale Builder Show back in 2011. Enjoy the broadcast!
Original Story Post: Join Mike Chilson and friends tonight on the RC Scale Builder Show LIVE! Tonight’s show our guest will be none other than Mr. Scale himself, Dave Platt. Also, we’ll have other great segments and info from the world of R/C Scale Building. The program starts at 8pm (EST) and your calls and questions are strongly encouraged. To join in on the conversation just use the contact info below. Thanks for listening!
QUICK LINK: Dave Platt Models
STUDIO LINE: 478.787.4768
WARBIRD RADIO – Take to the skies in the rare PT-13. So what’s the difference in the PT-13 and PT-17? They a look the same but the engines are different. The PT-13 uses the Lycoming R-680 and the PT-17 uses the Continental R-670. The legendary Stearman’s were the first airplanes most WWII pilots trained in.
After the war, many were used as crop dusters and sprayers. Today the PT-13/PT-17 remains a popular warbird for pilots and enthusiasts alike. The PT-13 featured in the video and photo tour was owned by Jeff Whitford at the time we published.
PT-13 PHOTO GALLERY
Crew: two, student and instructor
Length: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in (9.81 m)
Height: 9 ft 8 in (2.95 m)
Wing area: 298 sq ft (27.7 m²)
Empty weight: 1,931 lb (878 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 2,635 lb (1,198 kg)
Powerplant: 1— Continental R-670-5 seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 220 hp (164 kW)
Maximum speed: 135 mph (117 knots, 217 km/h)
Cruise speed: 96 mph (83 knots, 155 km/h)
Service ceiling: 13,200 ft (4,024 m)
Climb to 10,000 ft (3,050 m): 17.3 min
WARBIRD RADIO – As winter draws to a close aircraft are coming out of maintenance and preparing to fly. Learn a few tips for a safe transition back to the air on tonight’s Warbird Radio LIVE! Restoration and maintenance experts Scott Yoak and Mike Porter join Matt Jolley during a special Safety Month edition of WRL.
Scott Yoak is one of the premiere P-51 Mustang demonstration pilots in North America and Mike Porter is known the world over for his Stearman biplane restoration and flying (another added benefit – both men are Certified Flight Instructors). Practical advice for a safe flying season, maintenance tips and tricks and your calls and questions are all scheduled for Tuesday evening’s broadcast.
The guys from Warbirds News will also join the show with a look at this week’s headlines. Show time is 8pm (EASTERN) right here on WarbirdRadio.com. Thanks for tuning in!
STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768
QUICK LINK: Scott Yoak’s Website
QUICK LINK: Mike Porter’s Contact
QUICK LINK: Warbirds News