F-35 Test Pilot – Billie Flynn – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 641

WARBIRD RADIO – Billie Flynn is a test pilot’s test pilot and he’s joining Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Mr. Flynn is currently testing the F-35 for Lockheed Martin but has a host of experience flying the super jets of our time.  Tune in tonight for a great conversation about the F-35 and what’s in store for the USA’s 5th generation fighter (plus some news for the 2018 air show season).

Ryan Keough also joins Matt with a look at a new project the Collings Foundation is working on.  As always, we love hearing from you and appreciate you listening.

QUICK LINK:  Lockheed Martin’s F-35

QUICK LINK:  Collings Foundation

Warbird Radio LIVE! – An Old School Test Pilot In Modern Times, Elliot Seguin – Episode 611

WARBIRD RADIO – A purposeful man with thin hips and a broad understanding of all things aerodynamics, makes Elliot Seguin a marvel among modern day test pilots.  We live in the years of vast computer modeling and advanced simulations but someone must still strap on new airplanes and take them to their outer limits – that man is Elliot Seguin.  Mr. Seguin has worked on some of the most innovative projects of the new millennium and continues to push the envelope of aircraft and their design not only for professional purposes, but just for fun.  In his off time, Elliot and his friends have formed the Mojave Experimental Fly-in, an event  that celebrates record breaking and advanced ideas buried in aerodynamic theory books.  Imagine Benjamin Franklin combined with Bob Hoover, a man unafraid of math in public and the pitfalls of explaining complex aviation principals in a relatable way to mere commoners.  Elliot’s a great guest and we’re really looking forward to his new stories.

Matt also welcomes Warbirds News.com publisher Moreno Aguiari to the show, for an update on Tom Reilly’s XP-82 project.  Moreno visited Tom’s hangar over the weekend and has the details on his progress.  Show time is 8pm ET – January 10th, 2017.  As always, your calls and comments are most welcome.

QUICK LINK:  Wasabi Air Racing

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FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE – Filmmaker Kim Furst – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 553

Kim-Furst-HeadshotWARBIRD RADIO – Filmmaker Kim Furst joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE to discuss her latest project:  FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE – The Bob Hoover Project.  Hear the stories first hand from legendary aviator and aviation pioneer, R.A. “Bob” Hoover.

In FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE Bob Hoover tells his own story – and shares, with his trademark charm, the hard earned wisdom of a life spent pushing the edge of the envelope while contributing to aviation’s many developments.  Call in this Tuesday night (2/3/15 at 8pm EASTERN) with your questions and comments.

In addition to Mr. Hoover, the film also includes Harrison Ford, Dick and Burt Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Gene Cernan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day, Clay Lacy, General Jack Dailey, and Sean D. Tucker.

About Kim Furst:  Filmmaker Kim Furst is an award winning director and editor of popular documentaries.  Recent work as producer/director includes episodes of PBS’s “The Horsemen Cometh,”  producer “Making Of” documentaries for “Mission Impossible 3,”(Golden Satellite Award, “Best DVD Extras”) and “25th Anniversary of Risky Business” among others.  This is Kim’s fifth aviation documentary as film editor, with credits including Discovery Channel’s three part series ‘Rocket Challenge,” “Wings Over the Rockies” starring Harrison Ford, and the General Aviation classic “One Six Right.” (PBS, Discovery HD)  Awards as producer/director include “Rising Star 2012″ from Canada International Film Festival, “2012 Golden Ace Award” from Las Vegas International Film Festival, and Independent Film Quarterly’s “Best Music Video 2011.”

We’ll check in with the guys from Warbirds News.com for the latest headlines.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  The Bob Hoover Project

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EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

STORY UPDATE – Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we work to solve a B-29’s mysterious past.  Inside the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation is B-29, 44-84053.  From the outside, 44-84053 is just an ordinary late war B-29, it’s on the inside where the mystery begins.

Unexplained seats in the aft section of the fuselage and missing records (prior to 1955) set the stage for something secret.  Was 053 part of a special forces unit post war or was she a member of a covert mission during WWII?

Find out this week on Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery.  For a complete update on the evidence we’ve discovered since the original broadcast, just keep reading.  Thanks for taking a look!

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QUICK LINK:   Museum of Aviation


 

STORY UPDATE (01/30/15):  Since broadcasting this story in 2010, Warbird Radio.com has confirmed 44-84053 was most likely used for Psychological Operations post World War II.  It’s secret mission would have been to deliver agents behind the Iron Curtain in Europe.  With help from a retired USAF Colonel (who doesn’t want us to print his name) and some clever research, it was discovered 053 has a high probability of being part the Air Resupply and Communications Service.

Documented in Apollo’s Warriors – United States Air Force Operations During The Cold War, B-29’s configured like 053 were operated by the 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Group from RAF Molesworth.  In a strange twist of fate the B-29’s that were retro-fitted for this mission were stored and re-configured at the Robins Air Force Base depot in Warner Robins, Georgia before departing for Molesworth.  Today, 053 rests on the same property.

“The required number of bombers were soon pulled from the mothball fleet at Robins AFB, Georgia, and restored for duty,some with fuselage markings still showing the number of combat missions flown over Japan.  These modifications included removing all guns for self-defense, saving those in the tail turret, and installing a “joe hole” in the former aft-belly gun turret space for parachutists to exit.  Resupply bundles would hang like clusters of melons in the bomb bay to be dropped like bombs as the plane passed over the drop zone.” – Apollo’s Warriors

Some clues to 053’s past are still highly visible.  After careful examination around wheel wells and bomb bay doors,  black paint chips still remain.  The “joe hole” can clearly be seen in the aft belly turret and many other clues have helped lead to this hypothesis.

NOTE:  At this point, the only way to definitively solve the mystery would be confirmation by a crew member or photo of 053 in action.  So naturally, we’re working on that now (grin).  We have located some very clear documentation supporting our theory but before going to print we’re going to get the full story.  If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio.com

CONTACT: matt@warbirdradio.com

QUICK LINK:  Apollo’s Warriors

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Legendary Aviators – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Friday

FRIDAY – You’ve been asking for it…and now you’re going to get it.  We’re digging through past shows and putting together the best of the best.  Listen to segments with Dutch VanKirk – Joe Kittinger – Roy Reid and Steven Hinton.  Each guest has proven themselves as a pioneer in some form or fashion.

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