2015 Air Show Season Wrap-up – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 582

STOCKAirshowT6WARBIRD RADIO – John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows, joins Matt Jolley with a look back at the 2015 air show season.  The International Council of Air Shows is dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry.  The annual ICAS Convention is coming up December 6th – 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  For more information click on the Quick Link posted below.

Hugh Oldham from ProairSHOW, LLC will also join the conversation.  Mr. Oldham works as an show narrator and sound system provider, he’s also known the world over as an air show evangelist through his monthly magazine column.  Hugh’s unique brand of humor and sage wisdom always make for an entertaining show.  Tune in and join in on the conversation and share your stories from the 2015 air show season.

LIVE BROADCAST:  8pm ET – 11/24/15

QUICK LINK:  International Council of Air Shows

QUICK LINK:  ProairSHOW, LLC

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

UPDATE – Owner Says “Goodbye” To Historic Paint Scheme, “Hello” Unicorn

P-51UnicornUpd2WARBIRD RADIO – A popular P-51 owner says he’s repainting his airplane to “reflect a more peaceful and harmonious idea of life, not war and destruction”.  The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous until next week, tells Warbird Radio the decision comes after several months of self discovery and soul searching.

The new paint scheme will be unveiled at The International Council of Air Shows  annual convention next week in Las Vegas.  At this point, all we can say is the new design is purple and may or may not feature a unicorn and rainbow.  The mystery owner went on to say his new act will feature a “nearly” carbon neutral foot print (new modified Merlin engine runs on ethanol auto gas) as well as an environmentally friendly finale’ using compressed air, not pyro, to launch thousands of flower petals into the air like confetti.  The mystery owner says “the goal here is to really take it over the top” — as if the unicorn and rainbow wouldn’t be enough.

The current paint scheme has been prominently featured on calendars and magazines the world over and this new design will certainly draw some attention.  When asked whether he’s worried about the public’s reaction the mystery owner said “yes, I’m always worried what people on those web forums will think about my airplane…but they’re not paying for it and they’re probably not paying rent to live in their mother’s basement.”

Warbird Radio asked professional air show photographer and graphic artist Kevin Hong with Sector K Media to develop a rendering based on the mystery owner’s comments.  At first Kevin said there’s no way he’d desecrate a P-51 with a unicorn and rainbow, so we offered to pay him.  The rendering above is what he developed.  Believe it or not, crazier things have happened.  Air show evangelist and veteran announcer Hugh Oldham says he once saw a half naked man holding what looked like a giant flag with a peace sign on it, gallop down a runway on a white stallion.  Hugh says the man was nearly thrown from his horse as the A-10 finished it’s demo.  When asked specifically about this new paint design Oldham said:

I always welcome innovation…but this is a little crazy.  I mean come on…unicorns and rainbows? What am I going to say when he comes by the crowd line?  Here comes horny?

Following an air show season filled with sequestration and government shutdowns, 2014 may quickly become the year of unicorns and rainbows, at least for one P-51.  Stay tuned for more details as we continue to track this developing story.

STORY UPDATE:  Warbird Radio recently learned (from sources close to the mystery owner) the aircraft’s name was not correctly depicted.  The current rendition above is a better representation.  We’re told the name is actually a primitive French word for “promoter of peace and tranquility.”

Feel free to post your comments below.

QUICK LINK:  Sector K Media

QUICK LINK:  Hugh Oldham’s Website

Safety Month Begins! – Hugh Oldham & Author J.M. Park – Warbird Radio – Episode 495

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WARBIRD RADIO – It’s March and time for the start of Safety Month on Warbird Radio.  We begin this week with Air Show Evangelist and World Air Show News columnist Hugh Oldham.  Find out the latest news on sequestration and how the deep cuts could impact safety.  Plus Matt Jolley welcomes former US Navy Search and Rescue pilot (now author) J.M. Park with a preview of his book “The Missionary Position“.   Download this episode right now…by clicking the link below.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  J.M. Park’s Website

Hugh Oldham’s Air Show Season Update – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Thursday

Hugh Oldham - Warbird Radio LIVE!

THURSDAY – Air show announcer to the stars Hugh Oldham joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE!  Tune in and hear Hugh’s take on the 2011 Air Show season.  We’ll also be checking in with Chris Henry for a preview of next week’s Warbird Rescue Hour.  Thanks for listening!

QUICK LINK:  Hugh Oldham’s Website

STUDIO LINE: 478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

Hugh Oldham – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday

Hugh Oldham - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Tuesday

TUESDAY – Airshow announcer Hugh Oldham joins us with a look back at the 2010 airshow season.  Hugh will also give us a preview of the 2010 ICAS Convention taking place next week in Las Vegas.  We’ll be broadcasting LIVE from the ICAS convention floor next week.  Tune in tomorrow morning and hear all the details.  Thanks for listening.

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

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