FROM THE ARCHIVE – Warbird Radio’s Coverage of the 70th Doolittle Raiders Memorial B-25 Fly-over

WARBIRD RADIO – We’re remembering the Doolittle Raiders today on the 76th anniversary of their mission.  Here’s an encore broadcast of one of their largest reunions in recent memory.

FROM THE ARCHIVE – We’re set to broadcast the massive Doolittle Tokyo Raiders B-25 Memorial Fly-over LIVE at 1pm (EASTERN).  The coverage of this historic event will begin at 12pm (EASTERN).   We’ll have team coverage from several points on the airfield (including the takeoff position).  Don’t miss a minute of this epic moment.  Tell your friends… and help us keep the history of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders alive!

PLEASE NOTE:  4/19/12  If you missed the action LIVE…the podcast is posted below.

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Reunion

WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has over 100 combat missions in the P-47 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Europe.  Tune in Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for a preview of Herb’s story.  Thanks for listening!STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

 

Herb Stachler Preview Picture Gallery

Doolittle Raider’s Final Toast To Take Place This November

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders ToastWARBIRD RADIO –  The National Museum of the United States Air Force along with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders announced this morning that the U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just four of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot of Crew No. 1; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, co-pilot of Crew No. 16; Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 15; and Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7. At this time, all four Raiders are planning to attend the event. According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, the Doolittle Raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power because it marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

“While the attack itself caused little actual damage to Japanese war industry, the psychological impact on the Japanese military and the American public proved to be immense,” said Hudson. “The U.S. Air Force has drawn upon the Doolittle Raiders for inspiration ever since, and we are deeply honored that they have chosen to have this final ceremony at our national museum.”

In 1959 the city of Tucson, Ariz., presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of silver goblets, each bearing the name of one of the 80 men who flew on the mission. At each of their past reunions, the surviving Raiders would conduct their solemn “Goblet Ceremony.” After toasting the Raiders who died since their last meeting, they would then turn the deceased men’s goblets upside down. The Nov. 9 event will mark their final toast.

Among those scheduled to attend the ceremony to pay tribute to the Raiders are Air Force Acting Secretary Eric Fanning and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III.  The public will also have an opportunity to celebrate these World War II aviation heroes that day through events that include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Doolittle Raiders memorial and a flyover of B-25 aircraft. In addition, the Air Force Museum Theatre is planning to show Doolittle Raider and World War II-themed films. More details will be announced as the event nears.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year, more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America’s Air Force.

QUICK LINK:  Raider’s Final Toast 

The Big Summer Spectacular (Well Almost) – The Hartman & Hilt Show! – Episode 4

 

HnHGolfCartMAINIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – With summer in full swing the boys decided to pull out all the stops and put together “THE BIG SUMMER SPECTACULAR”.  We’re still looking forward to hearing that show… but until we get it this one will have to do.  Enjoy the “almost” big summer spectacular until then.  Thanks for tuning in!

FYI…if you have a question for Hartman & Hilt be sure and post it in the comment section below or on the Warbird Radio Facebook page. 

“What Might Have Been” – Avro Canada’s Avrocar – Photo Tour

AvrocarKEYIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – The Jetson’s idea of a flying car isn’t all that far fetched, just take a look at the Avrocar.  Currently on display in the National Museum of United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Here’s what the museum has to say about it:  The Avrocar was the result of a Canadian effort to develop a supersonic, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fighter-bomber in the early 1950s. However, its circular shape gave it the appearance of a “flying saucer” out of science fiction movies of the period.

A.V. Roe (Avro) Aircraft Limited (later Avro Canada) based its design concept for the Avrocar on using the exhaust from turbojet engines to drive a circular “turborotor” which produced thrust. By directing this thrust downward, the turborotor would create a cushion of air (also known as “ground effect”) upon which the aircraft would float at low altitude. When the thrust was directed toward the rear, the aircraft would accelerate and gain altitude.

In 1952, the Canadian government provided initial funding but dropped the project when it became too expensive. Avro offered the project to the U.S. government, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force took it over in 1958. Each service had different requirements: the Army wanted to use it as a subsonic, all-terrain troop transport and reconnaissance craft, but the USAF wanted a VTOL aircraft that could hover below enemy radar then zoom up to supersonic speed. Avro’s designers believed they could satisfy both services, but these two sets of requirements differed too much.

Research data originally indicated that a circular wing might satisfy both the Army’s and Air Force’s requirements, and Avro built two small test vehicles to prove the concept. Designated the VZ-9AV Avrocar (“VZ” stood for “experimental vertical flight,” “9” for the ninth concept proposal, and “AV” for Avro).

Tests with scale models at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, indicated that the cushion of air under the Avrocar would become unstable just a few feet off the ground. The aircraft would be incapable of reaching supersonic speeds, but the testing went ahead to determine if a suitable aircraft could be developed for the Army. The first prototype-the Avrocar on display (serial number 58-7055)-was sent to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. There, wind tunnel tests proved that the aircraft had insufficient control for high speed flight and was aerodynamically unstable.

The second Avrocar prototype underwent flight tests that validated the wind tunnel tests. If it flew more than three feet above the ground, the Avrocar displayed uncontrollable pitch and roll motions, which the Avro engineers called “hubcapping.” The Avrocar could only reach a maximum speed of 35 mph, and all attempts to end the hubcapping failed. The project was cancelled in December 1961.

The second prototype aircraft went to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., and the first prototype Avrocar came to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2007.

TECHNICAL NOTES: Crew: Two Engines: Three Continental J69-T9 turbojets of 927 lbs. thrust each Wingspan: 18 ft. Height: 4 ft. 10 in. Weight: 4,620 lbs. empty

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