WARBIRD RADIO – Major Mike Martin from the Rhode Island Air National Guard joins Matt Jolley with a look at the 2016 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show. This year the air show is bringing back the ever popular Combined Arms Demonstration. This live action battle demonstration is as close as you can get to the action without signing up yourself. The demonstration highlights the role the Rhode Island National Guard plays in our nations defense and missions across the world.
For a complete list of performers click on the Quick Link posted below! P-51 Mustang Demonstration Pilot – Mark Murphy also joins Matt with a preview of his performance during the Rhode Island Air Show in “Never Miss”. Your calls and comments are always welcome!
QUICK LINK: Rhode Island Air Show
STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768
Image courtesy of 143d Airlift Wing P/A
WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode Hartman & Heins welcome their next mystery guest. The mystery guest first took the controls of an airplanes as a child while onboard a DC-6. Today the Mystery Guest is an accomplished warbird pilot and flight instructor. Tune in and call in to help Hartman & Heins solve the mystery. Showtime is 9pm ET (6/7/16).
QUICK LINK: Patty Wagstaff’s Flight School
STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768
WARBIRD RADIO – In 2007 my wife and I (along with a group of friends) went to Dresden, Germany with WWII “D-Day” paratrooper Bill Coleman. The last time Bill Coleman was in Dresden was during the fire bombings of WWII when he was held prisoner inside a church and left for dead. After surviving the attacks his captors put him to work stacking bodies, the smells were forever burned into his memory. During our trip Bill sat down for an interview with me and shared his experience during D-Day, what it was like being captured and eventually escaping towards the end of the war.
A few years after our visit to Dresden I asked Bill to come on Warbird Radio and share some additional thoughts. My wife joined me during our conversation and the resulting interview is what you’ll hear below. This is the raw tape, un-edited – his story, his words. We lost Bill several years ago and I think about him every Veterans Day and especially June 6th. Let’s never forget…
WARBIRD RADIO – 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 – On this episode aviation author Donald Nijboer joins Matt Jolley with details on his new book: Fighting Cockpits. Donald Nijboer is a best selling aviation author/historian/documentary writer-producer/college instructor and Smithsonian Speaker who lives in Toronto, Canada. Donald is the author of Spitfire Mk V vs C.202 Folgore, The Illustrated History No 126 Wing RCAF D-Day to VE-Day, Gloster Meteor vs. V-1 Flying Bomb, Seafire vs. A6M Zero, P-38 Lightning vs. Ki 61 Tony, No 126 Wing RCAF, Graphic War: The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War II and co-author with photographer Dan Patterson, of Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions, Cockpits of the Cold War, and B-29 Combat Missions.