FRIDAY FAVORITE: Warbird Radio Presents – The Tom Reilly Story


P-40 recently restored inside Tom Reilly’s hangar. Notice the B-17 landing gear on the floor??

WARBIRD RADIO –   Take a trip down memory lane and listen to this week’s Friday Favorite!  Here’s the story of our first visit with restoration legend Tom Reilly.

In October of 2009, I’d just given up the anchor desk for FOX news in Georgia and soon found myself in Tom Reilly’s hangar in Douglas, Georgia. had been on the air all of a month but Tom showed me around like I’d been in business for years. His hospitality has been the same ever since and always memorable.  For years I’d heard about Tom’s work and had been a fan of his since I was kid. His restoration track record is impressive and perhaps unmatched, 10 B-25’s, 2 B-17’s and a B-24 plus countless others.

Listening to Tom’s interview is not only a trip down memory lane it’s a great example of what it’s like to visit Tom’s hangar on any given day. There are projects and old airplane parts everywhere and the work continues no matter who’s there. Tom’s shop is a living, breathing embodiment of his passion for warbirds and the stories they tell. Sure it’s a business, but it’s his obsession with these flying machines that drive him forward. Take a listen and enjoy the tour of Mr. Reilly’s world.

P.S. – there are some really neat “early” pictures of the XP-82.

 Till next week!

 Matt Jolley

Original Story (10/26/09): Tom Reilly shows us around his hangar in Douglas, Georgia.  You’ll get up close and personal with the P-40 and numerous other airplanes Tom is working on.  Click on the picture gallery below for a photo tour of Tom’s shop.  Thanks for listening.

P-40 Photo Tour & Hangar Tour

XP-82 Update With Tom Reilly – Warbird Radio LIVE! – 1/6/15 – 8pm (EASTERN)

Tom ReillyWARBIRD RADIO – It’s a new year and time to launch a brand new season of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Our first guest of 2015 is Tom Reilly.  Tune in this Tuesday (1/6/15) and hear the latest news on Tom’s XP-82 project.

Tom and his team are restoring this aviation icon to flying condition and have made remarkable progress since his last visit with Warbird  If you have questions or comments feel free to call in.  The studio number is posted below.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  XP-82 Project Website

STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio


SR-71 “Blackbird” Skybound At Museum of Aviation In Georgia!

SR-71 Museum of Aviation - Warner RobinsWARBIRD RADIO –  The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia  recently elevated their SR-71 “Blackbird” into a nose-up “take off’ position in their Century of Flight Hangar.  A combined team of Robins Air Force Base aircraft crash recovery personnel completed an annual exercise earlier this April to raise the aircraft’s front landing gear seven feet off the hangar floor and the rear landing gear four feet high.  Several large rubber bladders inflated by 100 hoses were used to elevate the fuselage and put the aircraft on three sturdy steel pedestals.  For more information on the Museum of Aviation just click on the Quick Link posted below.

QUICK LINK:  Museum of Aviation

The Warbird Rescue Hour – Thursday – 8pm (EASTERN)

Chris Henry - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Thursday

WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in this evening for an all new Warbird Rescue Hour.  Chris Henry and Rob Morelli will be joined by members of the Marietta Museum of History “Aviation Wing”.  The museum is working hard this afternoon to rescue an F-84 from Mercer Field in Calhoun County, Georgia.  Tune in this Thursday at 8pm (EASTERN) for all the details.

QUICK LINK:  Marietta Museum of History

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio


Mac Hodges B-29 Update!

WARBIRD RADIO – Mac Hodges puts his giant radio controlled B-29 through the paces on this new video update. We caught up with Mac during the 2010 AMAC Fly-in in Leesburg, Georgia. Enjoy the video!

QUICK LINK: Hodges Hobbies

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