A Conversation With Heroes – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep532

Matt-Conversation-With-Heros-WEBWARBIRD RADIO – This past December, during the International Council of Air Shows annual convention in Las Vegas, WRL’s Matt Jolley had the privilege of hosting A Conversation With Heroes.  The event featured fighter pilot and triple ACE Bud Anderson, fighter pilot and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, and RCAF Lancaster bomber tail gunner Si Campbell.

The stories and life lessons contained in this conversation are well worth the time.  We hope you enjoy!

A special thank you to the International Council of Air Shows for making this re-broadcast possible.

QUICK LINK:  International Council of Air Shows

US Air Force Announces New Class of Test Pilots – Randolph AFB

WARBIRD RADIO – Forty-four Air Force captains and first lieutenants have been selected as primary or alternate test pilot school program attendees, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 21.

According to a recent news release “Officers selected will fill classes beginning in June this year, said Maj. Miles Middleton, AFPC special assignments branch.

The program exists to develop specially trained pilots, combat systems officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft pilots to monitor, manage, and perform flight tests on research, experimental or production-type aerospace vehicles and weapon systems, he said.

“Program graduates have profound strategic impact on future combat capabilities, so selection is highly competitive,” Middleton said. “Graduates are future senior leaders who will help shape our national security and identifying the right people for this opportunity was critical.”

To see the list of selectees, visit myPers at and enter “Test Pilot School” in the search window.

QUICK LINK:  Test Pilot School

Warbird Radio Presents – The Chief Chuck Teston Story (USAF Ret)

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents, Retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant Chuck Teston shares some life lessons with WRL’s Matt Jolley.  Teston’s 31-year active duty career included being a Looking Glass flight crew member, academic instructor, a first sergeant with the largest communications group in the Air Force, a Senior Enlisted Advisor at the wing and HQ level; superintendent of radio operations and a career advisor.  Along the way, Chief Teston helped pursue the infamous D.B. Cooper and even became an inductee to the Air Force Communications and Information Hall of Fame in 2007.

As the Air Force Communications Command senior enlisted advisor, he visited units at 57 different locations and formed an effective Chief’s Group to enhance career progression of all enlisted personnel. After retirement and another 10 years as an industry telecommunications manager, he moved his family to Gulfport, Miss., where he was elected to the Gulfport City Council and served as President in 2003. A Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Centurion, he was elected president of the Orange Grove/Lyman Chamber of Commerce for 2007 (USAF Press Release).  Thanks for tuning in!

USAF Photo by Kemberly Groue

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Team for US Air Force Bomber Program

WARBIRD RADIO – The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate.

According to a recent news release, to this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense customers around the world. The companies also bring expertise in integrating proven technologies, and their skilled workforces and critical infrastructure and scale, to meet the U.S. Air Force’s cost and schedule requirements.

“Boeing and Lockheed Martin are bringing together the best of the two enterprises, and the rest of industry, in support of the Long-Range Strike Bomber program, and we are honored to support our U.S. Air Force customer and this important national priority,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Stable planning, along with efficient and affordable development and production approaches, enables our team to reduce development risk by leveraging mature technologies and integrating existing systems.”

Separately the companies are developing two of the Air Force’s top priorities, the KC-46 tanker and F-35 Lightning II, respectively, and they partnered on the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. Each has delivered key Air Force capabilities including the B-1B bomber, F-15E strike fighter, and F-117 and F-16 fighters. The team will be able to produce unique and affordable solutions that could not be achieved without partnering.

“Building on decades of manned and unmanned weapon systems experience, we’re proud to bring our collection of technologies, capabilities and resources to affordably design, develop, produce and sustain the bomber program,” said Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We’re confident that our team will meet the well-defined system requirements and deliver a world-class next generation Long-Range Strike Bomber to the U.S. Air Force within the budget and timeframe required.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 58,000 employees worldwide.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

RB-69A Photo Tour

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P2V at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA.

WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s a rare chance to see one of the seldom-talked-about spy planes of the United States Air Force.  According to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy loaned the USAF seven P2V-7U Neptune maritime patrol bombers.  The Neptunes were then re-designated RB-69A’s and used for super-secret reconnaissance.

The electronic equipment of the P2V-7U was modified for USAF missions and Electronic Counter Measures training.  On the outside, the most obvious change was the additional radome on the MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detection) tail boom.  Just look for the last “bump” on the lower aft section of the plane.

After the USAF completed its mission with the RB-69A’s, they were returned to the U.S. Navy.  The Navy then returned them to maritime patrol standards and redesignated them SP-2H’s.  In honor of the RB-69A’s crew members and historic “hush hush” missions, the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins has displayed its P2V as an RB-69A.  To see a  small image gallery and technical notes, just click “Continue Reading”.  If you’d like to view all 79 pictures become a subscriber by clicking on the “Info” button on the top menu bar.

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