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.

 
QUICK LINK:  Matt Jolley

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

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Remembering Jerry Yellin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 637

WARBIRD RADIO – Jerry Yellin was an American Airmen who flew the last combat mission over Japan as WWII came to an end.  His life was a life well lived and his personal journey is one that should never be forgotten.  Jerry recently past away and this episode of WRL is dedicated to his memory.  Tune in this Tuesday (January 9th, 2018) at 8pm ET for our LIVE broadcast and Jerry’s story, in his own words.

If you’d like to share a memory or story about Mr. Yellin your calls and comments are most welcome.

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio


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!

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

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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

STUDIO LINE:  478-397-5157

SKYPE: warbirdradio

 


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