Jerry Kerby Talks Draken & Trojan Thunder – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 633

WARBIRD RADIO – Lt. Col Jerry “Jive” Kerby (USAF Ret) always seems to be flying something exciting.  Lt Col Kerby is Vice President, Operations for Draken International and an internationally known air show pilot. Retiring as a Lt. Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2006 after 23 years of service, Jive amassed over 3400 hours in the F-15 Eagle and over 400 hours in the F-4 Phantom. After graduating at the top of his pilot training class, he was awarded an F-15 Eagle training slot and eventually went on to graduate from the USAF Fighter Weapons School in the F-15C. During his 7 operational tours in the F-15C, he was awarded numerous TOP GUN awards, including the Top Element award for the 1992 William Tell Air To Air Competition.

A combat veteran, he led over 20 missions in Desert Storm (SOUTHERN WATCH) as an overall Air-to-Air Mission Commander. Jive was also a military liaison and instructor pilot for the Royal Saudi Air Force and was instrumental in establishing the first ever F-15 Fighter Weapons School for that country. During the final two years of his USAF career, Jive transitioned to the F-4 Phantom as the Commander of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and became the USAF’s first F-4 Heritage Flight Pilot. Jive is the only civilian Certified Flight Instructor in the F-4 (non-military) in the U.S. and is also a CFI in the T-33 Shooting Star, T-28 Trojan, the L-39 Albatross, MiG 15/17, and the MS760. He holds a Surface Solo and Formation Aerobatic card in the F-4, L-39, T-33, T-28, MiG 15/17, and MS-760 and has performed in over 250 airshow performances. Since his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, Jive has accumulated a total of over 12,000 flight hours in over 50 different types of aircraft.

Ralph “aka” SkyDoc will also be joining in on the call with Jive tonight!

Your calls and comments are always welcome!  Just use the contact information posted below.  Thanks for tuning in.

LIVE Broadcast 11/21/2017 at 8pm ET / Podcast will follow.

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Boeing Rolls Out F-15 For Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Swift and lethalWARBIRD RADIO – According to an April 30th, 2013  news release: Boeing [NYSE: BA] today rolled out the F-15SA, ushering in a new era in fighter aircraft capability and affordability for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The F-15SA, the newest variant of the combat-proven F-15, provides improved performance and increased survivability at a lower life-cycle cost. The aircraft has two additional wing stations for increased payload and capability.

“We look forward to receiving the advanced capabilities of the F-15SA aircraft to continue to protect the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Lt. Gen. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Ayeesh, commander, Royal Saudi Air Force. “Our relationship with the U.S. Air Force and The Boeing Company has helped to ensure the Royal Saudi Air Force remains among the best-equipped air forces in the world.”

Flight testing began this year on the F-15SA. The Royal Saudi Air Force has operated F-15S fighters since the 1990s.

“The Kingdom and Boeing have been partners for 65 years and our partnership goes beyond the innovative products and services we provide,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Defense, Space & Security president and CEO. “Equally as important are the excellent collaborations between Boeing and Saudi educational and industrial organizations.”

Boeing established many of the offset companies in Saudi Arabia, including Alsalam Aircraft Company, in which Boeing currently holds the largest stake. Boeing also co-founded Alfaisal University, the first private university in Saudi Arabia, as well as the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Industrial Collaboration Program. Boeing is also developing educational and training projects with the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology and the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation.

“The F-15SA will enhance the national security objectives of both the United States and the Kingdom with improved interoperability and common training and support well into the 21st century,” said Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore, the U.S. Air Force’s decision authority for the F-15SA program.

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 59,000 employees worldwide.

 

Open Line Friday – Air Combat Command Speaks Out on Cut Backs – Warbird Radio LIVE!

The End of An Era - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Tuesday      (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Ben Bloker)

FRIDAY – The United States Air Force Air Combat Command released a statement on Thursday outlining major cutbacks for single ship demo teams.  A representative from Air Combat Command will join Matt Jolley with the latest news on the decision during the Open Line Friday broadcast of Warbird Radio LIVE.  Call in and voice your comments and questions…  Show time is 10am (EASTERN).

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ACC statement about reduction of single-ship demo teams in 2012
We face significant fiscal constraints and are making tough decisions about the best ways to continue providing combat airpower to warfighting commanders, which is what we do as the Air Force’s primary force provider.

One decision we’ve made is to sponsor one single-ship demonstration team for the 2012 air show season, scaling back from the six teams we’ve historically sponsored – A-10 East & West, F-16 East & West, F-15E and F-22.
For the 2012 season, we’re sponsoring our F-22 demonstration team to perform at up to 20 shows. In addition to the F-22 demonstration team, the Thunderbirds are set to complete a full season next year, and their schedule will be announced next week at the International Council of Air Shows conference.

Reducing the number of single-ship demonstration teams will allow us to reallocate more than 900 sorties to our wings so they can maximize their flying hours for combat readiness training, offsetting some of the reduction we’ve seen in flying hours. Most importantly, reallocating those sorties will provide an increase in more than 25 combat-ready fighter pilots – that’s a very good thing for our Nation and wise stewardship of our limited resources.

The opportunity to showcase our aircrew at air shows around the country is important – and we’re confident our Thunderbirds, F-22 demonstration team and Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation will continue highlighting the extraordinary work of all our Airmen.

 

Mission Quest Video Tour!


WARBIRD RADIO – Tour the state-of-the-art Mission Quest flight simulation facility inside the Museum of Aviation.  The museum is 90 miles south of Atlanta in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Mission Quest offers aviation summer camps for kids and team building exercises for the young…and young at heart.  Once inside you can fly the F-15, C-17 or even the famed B-2 “Stealth Bomber”.  The program offers eight highly realistic simulators and live air traffic control.  (It’s a great program for your next corporate team building retreat…or scouting function.)  Check out the video then visit them online!

QUICK LINK:  Mission Quest Website

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