Warbird Radio LIVE!
|Join Matt Jolley for Warbird Radio LIVE! Matt interviews guests from the warbird community, authors, historians, and various individuals who helped shape history.
ABOUT THE HOST: Matt's an experienced aviation journalist, former television news anchor and current host of the world's only daily talk radio show for warbird fans...Warbird Radio LIVE. In addition to his work in the media, Matt also enjoys flying vintage military airplanes. He recently flew a 1951 deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk solo over 7000 miles across the United States and Canada. Matt is also the proud caretaker of a 1943 Taylorcraft L-2M. If you have a story idea for Matt please contact him directly using the Contact Us page.
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WARBIRD RADIO – New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE. Mr. Coonts is the author of the classic flying tale, Flight of the Intruder and many more. His latest work Liberty’s Last Stand is now available and is available via the link below.
According to his website: Mr. Coonts was born in 1946, Stephen Paul Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a coal-mining town of 6,000 population on the western slope of the Appalachian mountains. He majored in political science at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He received his Navy wings in August, 1969. After completion of fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder aircraft, Mr. Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam War as a member of this squadron. After the war he served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and moved to Colorado. After short stints as a taxi driver and police officer, he entered the University of Colorado School of Law in the fall of 1977.
Mr. Coonts received his law degree in December, 1979, and moved to West Virginia to practice. He returned to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company.
His first novel, Flight of the Intruder, published in September 1986 by the Naval Institute Press, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover. A motion picture based on this novel, with the same title, was released nationwide in January 1991.
The success of his first novel allowed Mr. Coonts to devote himself full time to writing; he has been at it ever since. He still enjoys flying and tries to do as much of it as possible.
Mr. Coonts’ books have been widely translated and republished in the British Commonwealth, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Latvia, and Israel.
The U.S. Naval Institute honored Mr. Coonts with its Author of the Year Award for the year 1986 for his novel, Flight of the Intruder. He was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-1998. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. In 2014 West Virginia University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
QUICK LINK: Stephen Coonts
QUICK LINK: Delaware Aviation Museum
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WARBIRD RADIO – What do you get when you combine a native Alaskan with aviation and US Army Special Forces experience? The answer: Marcus Paine. An aviator’s aviator who boldly pilots his 1940’s era Stearman through some of the most challenging terrain in North America. Find out how he does it and why on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!
Rugged Alaskan, Marcus Paine, has been flying planes for over 30 years, and has over 10,000 hours in tailwheel airplanes. A very versatile aerobatic performer and star of Discovery’s AIRSHOW!, Marcus flies his 1941 Boeing 450 Stearman, the American Champion Super Decathlon the Piper PA-18 Super Cub and is the main pilot for Carol Pilon and her 450 Stearman.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Jumpmaster. He commanded a combat dive A Team and worked projects throughout the Middle East and South America. And if you were to swoon while meeting Marcus, fear not – he’s EMT qualified!
When he’s not flying at an airshow, you can find Marcus at his Unusual Attitudes flight school instructing pilots of all skill levels new ways of thinking about the principles of flight and mastering the airplane in every attitude.
As always, your call and comments are welcomed!
QUICK LINK: Marcus Paine’s Website
STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768
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
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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.
WARBIRD RADIO – Civilian test pilot Elliot Seguin’s name is synonymous with flying really cool airplanes in Mojave, California. Just do a little investigating yourself and you’ll see what we mean, this guy definitely has the right stuff and we all should be following his projects. Elliot’s been on Warbird Radio before and we learned a lot from his experience. It’s been several years so he’s coming back to talk “test flying”. Now here’s the deal, we can all learn from his experiences, especially warbird operators. Every flight in an old military airplane is often a “test flight”. Let’s learn from the guy who has that title on his business card.
Ric Peterson also joins the conversation with an update on his recent visit to Japan where he learned about a special Mitsubishi Zero. Tune in and hear the full story. As always, your calls and comments are most welcomed!
QUICK LINK: Elliot Seguin’s Website
QUICK LINK: Ric Peterson’s Website
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