WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has over 100 combat missions in the P-47 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Europe.  Tune in Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for a preview of Herb’s story.  Thanks for listening!STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

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EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

 

Herb Stachler Preview Picture Gallery

MAAM’s P-61 Black Widow Restoration UPDATE – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep 531

P-61KEYIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – Russ Strine joins Matt Jolley with an update on the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s P-61 “Black Widow” restoration.  MAAM’s P-61 will soon become the only flying example of the famous WWII era night fighter. Russ also unveils some big news about their upcoming WWII Weekend!  Over a thousand re-enactors, 80 period airplanes and hundreds of military vehicles make up this “total immersion” living history experience.  The WWII Weekend in Reading, PA is truly a bucket list adventure for any history buff.  Hear all the details on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Thanks for tuning in.

QUICK LINK:  The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

AirVenture 2013 – “Day 1” Monday In Review!

Day1KeyImageWARBIRD RADIO – AirVenture 2013 is officially off and running and Day 1 is in the books.  Perfect weather and the world’s largest aviation event all make for a wonderful time.  Matt Jolley and the Hartman & Hilt crew spent Monday collecting stories for their first broadcast Tuesday morning.

Conrad Huffstutler’s Grumman Wildcat was first on the list to visit.  His restoration is absolutely perfect.  The airplane “is as it was” when it rolled off the assembly line (down to the cartridge starter).  Next up to see was our old friend Herb Stachler (P-47 pilot / D-Day Pilot / DFC).  Herbie was a VIP guest during Warbirds In Review and will make a grand entrance on Tuesday with several other vets on-board Texas Flying Legends C-47.  In preparation of the big arrival TFL had re-enactors paint D-Day stripes on their C-47 Monday with mops and brooms in the same fashion the original stripes were laid 69 years ago.

Another highlight was watching Mike Porter and Scooter Yoak show their airplanes off to David Born a WWII P-51 pilot.  Mr. Born flew with famed fighter pilot Robin Olds in the 434th Fighter Group and reunited with the P-51 earlier today.  The air was filled with stories as the 90+ year old warrior set in the cockpit of Scooter’s P-51 Quick Silver.  The glow in his eye was infectious and the stories were captivating.

Before leaving, the Mr. Born’s friend commented to WRL’s host Matt Jolley “I’ll bring him by for a real interview Tuesday” and we’re hoping it happens.  As with everything at Oshkosh the day ends too quickly.  We spent the evening with the Metro Warbird Association and EAA’s Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton stopped by.  As our team goes to sleep this evening… rest assured we’ll be in full force tomorrow.  If you’re in the area please stop by the Disabled American Veteran’s display and say hello (just look for the B-25 Panchito).

PHOTO TOUR:  Day 1 In Review

The Last Zero Fighter – Author Dan King – Warbird Radio!

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WARBIRD RADIO – Author of The Last Zero Fighter… Dan King joins Matt Jolley on this week’s episode of Warbird Radio.  During his time living in Japan Dan was able to interview the last living A6M zero pilots.  Their stories of WWII are truly remarkable and are available exclusively in Dan’s latest book The Last Zero Fighter.  For more information just click on the Quick Link below.  Thanks for listening to our broadcast!

QUICK LINK:  The Last Zero Fighter

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EMAIL: matt@warbirdradio.com

UPDATE – Memphis Belle Restoration Reaches Major Milestone! – PHOTO TOUR

Memphis Belle - Restoration Photo Tour

WARBIRD RADIO – The famed B-17 Memphis Belle is currently under restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  According to a recent press release, the restoration crew is celebrating a major milestone including the mating of the left wing to the fuselage and the extension of the landing gear.

The Memphis Belle, a B-17F Flying Fortress, is one of the most famous aircraft in history. In May 1943 it became the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States.

The pilot, then-Lt. Robert Morgan, named the aircraft after his wartime girlfriend, Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tenn. Lt. Morgan chose the artwork from a 1941 George Petty illustration in Esquire magazine.

Upon their return to the United States in June 1943, the Memphis Belle’s crew flew the aircraft across the country on a three-month war bond and morale boosting tour. With the bond tour and the 1944 William Wyler documentary film titled The Memphis Belle — depicting actual combat footage — the aircraft and its crew became widely known and celebrated. In 1990 a major motion picture of the same name added to their fame.

For many, the story of the Memphis Belle has become a timeless symbol of all the heroic U.S. Army Air Forces’ bomber crews who flew against Nazi Germany in World War II. In need of a thorough restoration, the Memphis Belle arrived at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in October 2005. A careful, multi-year conservation and restoration effort by museum staff — including corrosion treatment, the full outfitting of missing equipment and accurate markings — will bring the Memphis Belle back to pristine condition.

QUICK LINK:  The National Museum of the United States Air Force

B-17 Memphis Belle Restoration Photo Tour

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