The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 576

scrambleWARBIRD RADIO – We’re marking the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain on this special episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Guest contributor Stephen Bridgewater reports from England on today’s ceremony.  Over 40 aircraft launched this Tuesday in waves from Goodwood Airfield in West Sussex for a flypast held on Battle of Britain Day .

On September, 15th 1940, the Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack against London.  Tune in tonight and hear for yourself the sounds of Spitfires, Hurricanes and more.  Matt will also be joined by Colonel Dave Pinsky (USAF Retired) with a look at the upcoming Wings Over Wine Country Air Show in Santa Rosa, California.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Battle of Britain

QUICK LINK:  Wings Over Wine Country Air Show

Warbird Radio LIVE! – Harvard Extreme’s Rick Volker – Episode 556

HarvardNVolkerHEADERWARBIRD RADIO – Aviator Rick Volker joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE! 2/24/15 at 8pm (EASTERN) to talk about his new act Harvard Extreme!  Imagine a T-6 “Harvard” flying a routine like a modern aerobatic airplane.  That’s the premise for Rick’s new air show act.

Rick Volker is an accomplished aerobatic performer and competition pilot who truly loves vintage military aircraft.  He’s flown the ME-109, Spitfire, T-6 and many more.  Today, he combines his competition experience and love for warbirds to create Harvard Extreme.  Hear his story tonight!

FYI…the guys from WarbirdsNews.com will also join Matt with a look at this week’s headlines!

QUICK LINK:  Rick Volker’s Website

QUICK LINK: Warbirds News

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Monday’s Take A Look! – Harvard Extreme’s Rick Volker

Harvard-and-Volker-WEBWARBIRD RADIO – Rick Volker is a man who knows how to make the best of a bad situation.  A few years ago he experienced an engine failure in his Sukhoi Su-26.  Rick spotted a small airfield off his wing and landed, completely unaware that inside the airfield’s hangar were some of the world’s most sought after warbirds.  Rick would soon become the aviator who flew them.  Talk about turning a bad situation into a good one!

Rick will join Matt Jolley this week on Warbird Radio LIVE! to talk about his new air show act “Harvard Extreme”.  The premise is simple:  fly the T-6 like a modern aerobatic airplane.  Rick has even competed with his Harvard in aerobatic competitions.  Hear his story this Tuesday (2/24/15) at 8pm EASTERN on Warbird Radio LIVE!

Here’s little more about Rick Volker according to RVAirshows.com:

Rick Volker entered the competition aerobatic world by storm, winning numerous regional Unlimited contests, such as the Can-Am, Henry Haigh, and Kathy Jaffe Challenges. Rick is a former competitor in athletic events such as swimming, speed skating, bicycle racing, cross-country skiing and body building. Such is the type of conditioning required to fly at this level, as it tests the limits of human endurance. While flying Unlimited aircraft, Rick alternates between plus-11 and minus-9 Gs often in the same maneuver. Unlimited pilots train for this type of extreme flying with the same intensity as any other fitness sport.

He has competed in aerobatic competitions for many years in high performance aircraft such as the Pitts Biplanes and Sukhoi monoplanes. Rick is known for flying the WWII Supermarine Spitfire MK IX in a spectacular display of surface level aerobatics. He is one of a few pilots in the world qualified to fly the rare Messerschmitt Bf109E, and has flown the same serial number Bf109 as Hans-Joachim Marseilles in an air show dogfight routine vs. the Hawker Hurricane. His other qualifications include brilliant displays of the Hawker Hurricane MK XII and the Harvard Mk. IV. He was a member of the exclusive Canadian Heritage Flight team where he has flown the Spitfire Mk.IX in close formation with the CF-18 fighter. He is a piston warbird, high performance, and formation aerobatic ACE (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator).

There is a common theme in all of Rick’s displays: complete mastery of the aircraft’s possible flight envelope, pushing the boundaries of both low and high speed limits, and artfully utilizing the smallest 3 D space to create a masterpiece of entertainment.

Rick is featured on the PBS series “The Aviators” Season 1, Episode 8.

QUICK LINK:  Rick Volker’s Website

 

 

The Art Donahue Story – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

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MONDAY – Historian Lyle Harrison joins us with an in-depth look at the life of Art Donahue.  Donahue flew Spitfires for the RAF before the United States entered the war.  Hear his amazing story Monday morning at 10am (EDT) right here on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Thanks for listening.

LYLE HARRISON:  507.895.3576

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EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

BREAKING NEWS – Spitfire Damaged After Landing

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Spitfire resting beside the runway at Ardmore Airport, south of Aukland. Photo Source: NZPA - JOHN SELKIRK

According to TVNZ – “A rare two seater Spitfire fighter has been damaged in what has been called an embarrassing landing accident at Ardmore Airport, south of Auckland“.  The pilot (who TVNZ believes to be Doug Brooker) was not injured.  The TR9 ran off the runway around 11:50am Thursday.   The rare fighter was not badly damaged but the runway was blocked for some time until it could be removed.  Authorities have not released an official cause for the accident but witnesses say the wind was a contributing factor.  Warbird Radio will bring you more details on this developing story throughout the day.

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