Warbird Radio LIVE! – Safety Month with Vlado Lenoch and Scott Yoak – Episode 593

VladoWARBIRD RADIO – Our focus on safety continues this week with P-51 demonstration pilots Vlado Lenoch and Scott Yoak.  Vlado’s love of aviation began in 1970 when, at age 17, he learned to fly at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue and a Master’s degree from MIT.

Following college, Vlado became a 747 instructor at the Boeing Company in Seattle and eventually a pilot with two major airlines.  Vlado holds authorization for the A-37, L-39, T-33, P-40, P-47, P-51, F6F, F4U and T-28 aircraft and has over 9,000 hours of flight time.  Scott Yoak has been on the WRL numerous times and is also a P-51 demonstration pilot and A&P, IA.  Tune in tonight at 8pm ET and please call in with your comments and questions.

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John Muszala II P-51 “A” Model Story – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 581

Muzalla_A_Mustang_WEBWARBIRD RADIO – John Muszala II joins Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE with the story of their P-51 “A” model.  This aircraft’s unique history will make it a fast crowd favorite.  Tune in and join the conversation by using the contact information posted below.  For more on the Muszala family and their shop, Pacific Fighters, click the Quick Link below.  Thanks for tuning in!

FYI…be sure and take a look at the TBM in the pictures (John will fill us in on this as well).

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Warbird Radio LIVE! – Safety Month’s Maintenance & Restoration – 3/10/15 – 8pm ET

MerlinMaintenanceWARBIRD RADIO – As winter draws to a close aircraft are coming out of maintenance and preparing to fly.  Learn a few tips for a safe transition back to the air on tonight’s Warbird Radio LIVE!  Restoration and maintenance experts Scott Yoak and Mike Porter join Matt Jolley during a special Safety Month edition of WRL.

Scott Yoak is one of the premiere P-51 Mustang demonstration pilots in North America and Mike Porter is known the world over for his Stearman biplane restoration and flying (another added benefit – both men are Certified Flight Instructors).  Practical advice for a safe flying season, maintenance tips and tricks and your calls and questions are all scheduled for Tuesday evening’s broadcast.

The guys from Warbirds News will also join the show with a look at this week’s headlines.  Show time is 8pm (EASTERN) right here on WarbirdRadio.com.  Thanks for tuning in!

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WWII P-51″Mustang” Pilot Jerry Yellin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday 8pm (EASTERN)

JerryYellinWARBIRD RADIO – Noted military aviation author and former WWII P-51 pilot Jerry Yellin shares his story this Tuesday night with Matt Jolley.  Mr. Yellin landed on Iwo Jima March 7, 1945, strafed Japanese positions for the US Marines and flew 19 long range (VLR) missions over Japan.

He and his wife of 61 years, Helene, have four sons and six grandchildren, three who live in America and three who live in Japan.

Mr. Yellin is currently working with Operation Warrior Wellness to provide relief for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Hear his own courageous story of flying, fighting and overcoming PTSD this Tuesday (9/9/14) at 8pm (EASTERN).

UPDATE:  CAPT Jim Porter (USN RET) and P-51 Mustang demonstration pilot Andrew J. McKenna will also join Tuesday’s show.  CAPT Porter is the President of the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia.  The museum is raffling away a ride in McKenna’s restored P-51 this October.  Tickets are $10.00 USD and available by dialing:  703-393-0660 or emailing: freedommuseumgo@gmail.com.

The Freedom Museum is also hosting a hangar dance and motorcycle raffle as well.  For more information visit their website which is Quick Linked below.  Thanks for tuning in.

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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

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