The Wings Over New Zealand Show – Mosquito Pilot Tom Horton – Episode 3

Tom Horton with  his MedalsWARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood is talking deHavilland Mosquitos with RNZAF pilot Tom Horton on this episode of the Wings Over New Zealand Show.  Tune in for a great discussion about what it was like to fly in this WWII favorite.  For more information on WONZ just click on the Quick Link posted below.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Wings Over New Zealand

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Team for US Air Force Bomber Program

WARBIRD RADIO – The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate.

According to a recent news release, to this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense customers around the world. The companies also bring expertise in integrating proven technologies, and their skilled workforces and critical infrastructure and scale, to meet the U.S. Air Force’s cost and schedule requirements.

“Boeing and Lockheed Martin are bringing together the best of the two enterprises, and the rest of industry, in support of the Long-Range Strike Bomber program, and we are honored to support our U.S. Air Force customer and this important national priority,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Stable planning, along with efficient and affordable development and production approaches, enables our team to reduce development risk by leveraging mature technologies and integrating existing systems.”

Separately the companies are developing two of the Air Force’s top priorities, the KC-46 tanker and F-35 Lightning II, respectively, and they partnered on the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. Each has delivered key Air Force capabilities including the B-1B bomber, F-15E strike fighter, and F-117 and F-16 fighters. The team will be able to produce unique and affordable solutions that could not be achieved without partnering.

“Building on decades of manned and unmanned weapon systems experience, we’re proud to bring our collection of technologies, capabilities and resources to affordably design, develop, produce and sustain the bomber program,” said Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We’re confident that our team will meet the well-defined system requirements and deliver a world-class next generation Long-Range Strike Bomber to the U.S. Air Force within the budget and timeframe required.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 58,000 employees worldwide.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Doolittle Raider’s Final Toast & Planes of Fame’s ArchivaPalooza – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 522

WARBIRD RADIO – Larry Kelley joins Matt Jolley with a look at the Doolittle Raider’s final toast taking place this November 9th in Dayton, Ohio.  The main events will be at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and some will be open to the public.

B-25 rides will also be available at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio the same weekend.  For more information just click on the Quick Link posted below.

Lisa Collinsworth from Planes of Fame also joins Matt with a look at the first ever Planes of Fame ArchivaPoolza.  The event runs the same weekend as the Raider’s final toast (Veteran’s Day Weekend / November 8,9, 10).  POF Founder Ed Maloney saved everything that went along with the airplanes – books, technical manuals, magazines, and photographs.  But unlike the airplanes, over 1,200 boxes of precious historical content are hidden away.  They need your help cataloguing all these historic gems.

The Quick Link below has the details.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Toast

QUICK LINK:  ArchivaPalooza

USAF Chief of Staff Posts Tribute To “Airpower Giant” James “Robbie” Risner

GeneralRisnerWARBIRD RADIO – In a recent news release General Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff penned a fitting tribute to a true American original who recently flew west.  Keeping with the spirit of paying tribute to our Airmen past and present we felt this was well worth passing along.  We hope you enjoy the quick read…

A true airpower giant

By Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff

We lost another Air Force hero this week. Brig. Gen. James Robinson “Robbie” Risner was part of that legendary group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave us an enduring example of courage and mission success.

Most of today’s Airmen know General Risner because of his leadership and heroism as a Vietnam War POW, but his story actually started well before that.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew more than 108 combat missions in the Korean War, shot down eight MiGs, and became the 20th jet ace of that war.

During the Vietnam War, Risner was an F-105 squadron commander. On March 16, 1965, he was shot down, but made it to the Tonkin Gulf before bailing out and was rescued. A month later, Time magazine featured him on their cover.  On Sept. 16, he was shot down again, and this time, was captured. To make things worse, his captors had the Time article, and made him their “prized prisoner,” which meant more abuse.  Risner served as a leader in the Hoa Lo Prison — first as senior-ranking officer and then vice commander of the 4th Allied POW Wing. Some called him “the most influential and effective POW there.”

One day in 1971, Risner and several colleagues organized a church service, a forbidden act, which led to more punishment. As their captors led Risner away, Col. “Bud” Day and the more than 40 other POWs in the room began singing “The Star Spangled Banner” to show their support. Hearing the defiant singing, Risner walked away with his back straight, head held high, full of pride.

When asked later how he felt at that moment, Risner said “I felt like I was 9 feet tall and could go bear hunting with a switch.”  That moment and his words are reflected by a statue, exactly 9 feet high, that now stands at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Bud Day spoke at the unveiling of the statue, saying, “We knew he was in fact 9 feet tall. This is a life-size statue.”

He was awarded two Air Force Crosses for heroism in Vietnam, the first for leading the attack on the “Dragon’s Jaw,” a bridge that was one of the toughest targets in North Vietnam and withstood 871 attacks. The second was given for his leadership in the POW camp and courage under torture.

After more than seven years in captivity – more than three of which were in solitary confinement — Risner was released. He was briefly hospitalized and reported he was ready for duty “after three good meals and a good night’s rest.” He spent his remaining years in uniform commanding the 832nd Air Division, and serving as the vice commander of the AF Tactical Fighter Weapons Center, where he also commanded Red Flag. He retired in 1976.

Like many heroes, Risner spent a great amount of his remaining years sharing his story with our Airmen. At an event in the 1990s, he met a Russian MiG-15 ace who’d flown during the same time Risner had been in Korea.  The Russian pilot asked if they’d ever faced each other in combat.  Risner responded: “No way; you wouldn’t be here.”

When I visit USAFA next week, I look forward to visiting Risner’s statue and reflecting on his life and what he stood for.  A few words come instantly to mind … pride, courage, tenacity, and integrity.  I’m proud to serve in Robbie Risner’s Air Force and to try and live up to his example.

Today’s Airmen know we stand on the shoulders of giants.  One of ‘em is 9 feet tall…and headed west in full afterburner…
Airpower…built by legends!

The Wings Over New Zealand Show – Patch Nelson – Episode 2

KiwiPilotsWARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood’s back with legendary Kiwi aviator Patch Nelson!  Tune in and enjoy this special broadcast.  For more information on Dave’s show and website just click on the Quick Link posted below.  We really appreciate you tuning in and sharing our broadcasts with your friends.

QUICK LINK:  Wings Over New Zealand

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