Emmy Nominated Photographer Blair Bunting – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 589

SR-71-BBWARBIRD RADIO – Advertising photographer Blair Bunting has Billboard Magazine cover credits, Emmy Award nominations and an endless list of accomplishments but in his spare time, he loves photographing warbirds.  Blair’s iconic images of the fishermen from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, Formula 1 race cars zooming around the track and celebrities pay the bills but his love for military aviation is transcendent in his images.  Check his website (Quick Linked below) for examples of his work.

A Phoenix native, Blair’s severed as an Honorary Squadron Commander at Luke Air Force Base, flown with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and even landed aboard a United States Navy aircraft carrier.   On this episode Matt catches up with Blair and learns about his recent work photographing the F-22, SR-71 and USAF Thunderbird’s F-16.

Matt also checks in with craftsman Mark Turcotte (USAF, RET) and finds out how his work at Imperial Pen Works is progressing.  Mark’s story is one you won’t forget.  Trust us…

Podcast posted below.  Thanks for listening.  Next LIVE broadcast 2/16/16

QUICK LINK:  Blair Bunting

QUICK LINK:  Imperial Pen Works

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Tyndall AFB Lands One-of-a-Kind F-22 Fuel Systems Trainer

f22-fuel-maintainerWARBIRD RADIO – Tyndall Air Force Base is home to the world’s largest F-22 Raptor fleet, and the only base that trains their pilots and now maintainers.

According to a recent news release, to ensure that the aircraft stays mission ready, Tyndall AFB has acquired a one-of-a-kind fuels system trainer (FST), making Tyndall the only base where Airmen can go to complete the fuels and On Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) training.

“The system provides an overview of the Raptor’s fuel system and the OBIGGS, which is used to pressurize the aircraft and provide fire suppression,” said Tech. Sgt. James Harper, the 372nd Training Support Squadron Detachment 4 F-22 Raptor fuels system instructor. “It is valuable to Tyndall (AFB) and Airmen, especially for the newer ones who do not have any aircraft experience.”

Airmen now have an opportunity to see how the system works on a life-size replica of the Raptor’s fueling system during the course.

“This course is helpful because you get a more in-depth view of your job,” said Senior Airman Ryan Pickard, a 325th Maintenance Squadron fuels system journeyman.

“This course gives you the knowledge of the components that otherwise you would have to dig into theory on your own for,” Pickard said. “With this replica, new Airmen that are just now jumping on the jet will get a stress free environment to learn how to remove and install parts taking that to the flightline to make minimal mistakes.”

According to Harper, with this course, Airmen will develop a better understanding of what is around them. Whether it is checking the fuel system, when engines are running or when pilots are preparing to take off.
“Airmen can better understand the problems if they are out responding to a ‘red ball,’ an immediate problem with the aircraft, when talking to a pilot,” Harper said. “They will know they are not just getting a code telling them something is wrong. They will actually understand why it is wrong.”

Since Tyndall AFB has the service’s only F-22 FST, Airmen from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, come to train on the system.

“Overall, hopefully this course puts out a better working class of maintainers for aircraft fuels to benefit the flight line and pilot safety,” Harper said.

STORY COURTESY USAF:  Written By Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

ABOUT THE PHOTO:  Airmen in the fuels and On Board Inert Gas Generating System training course learn how the fuels system of an F-22 Raptor works Feb. 2, 2015, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, come to Tyndall to train on the system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa)

USAF & McKenna Honor Lt Col. Hoagland With P-51 / F-22 Arlington Flyover

IMG_0034WARBIRD RADIO – P-51 Mustang owner and pilot Andrew McKenna, along with the Warrior Flight Team has once again answered the call to honor one of our nation’s heroes. This Thursday December 5th, McKenna along with a flight of United States Air Force F-22’s flew over of Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of Lt Col Edward Carl “EC” Hoagland, USAF.

According to the Warrior Flight Team’s website, Lt Col Hoagland’s 21 years of military service spanned World War II and the Korean War. From the ranks of enlisted gunner to a command pilot, his career was filled with historical milestones such as the birth of the US Air Force and the first operational jet fighters. His service continued beyond his military retirement as an Admissions Liaison Officer for the US Air Force Academy. In this capacity, his influence helped to shape the future of the Air Force’s leaders.

In a 2001 interview, Lt Col Hoagland said, “The Air Force was good to me, even with the wars. I relished everything I did, and have always been proud of the AF Academy, the values it represents, and the completed product—the Air Force Officers it graduates”.

During the flyover Mr. McKenna’s P-51 wore the name: CHOOCH II in honor of Lt. Col. Hoagland’s WWII P-51.  For more information on the Warrior Flight Team just click the Quick Link posted below.

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