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"Gator" is the current A-10 Demonstration pilot. He comes from a family of fighter pilots and his family is full of fighter pilots to this day. His biological grandfather, Wayne, was an F-105 pilot and was shot down over Vietnam. The day he was shot down he was flying with the callsign Pistol 01. The man he grew up knowing as his grandfather, Roger…
 
Kevin is a career firefighter with over 20 years of service. He has been serving as a Captain on a Technical Rescue team for the past seven years. He is also the host of “Tier 1 Talks” podcast which interviews professionals from the military, law enforcement, and fire service. For additional content check out https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/ Su…
 
"Hilts" has flown nearly every block of the F-16. He has flown over the skies of Iraq and Kosovo. He has sat nuclear alert and has a few stories to share. He is currently the Chief Pilot at the only FAA certified test pilot program on the East Coast Piston2Jet.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Adve…
 
"Smash" joins me to talk about his career as a Marine fighter pilot. He is a test pilot and has survived an ejection at 380 feet. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
 
Conor is a professional race car driver and currently competes in the NTT IndyCar Series. Watch Memorial Day weekend as he takes to the track in the Indy 500. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
 
Kevin has aviation running through his veins. He is a professional airshow pilot and air racer. He was flew in the Red Bull Air Races and was recently selected as the only American to join the World Air Races as an AeroGP1 competitor in the inaugural upcoming season. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Ad…
 
"Slap" joined the Air National Guard to become a Fighter Pilot. He is the founder of Bogidope.com as well as a pilot for a major airline. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
 
"Shiner" rejoins the podcast to share a story of engine trouble ending with him becoming a firefighter. You can listen to "Shiner" on episode #17. For more content patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: htt…
 
"SLUF" began his career flying A-7's with two tours to Korat Airbase where he flew 63 missions, including the Mayaguez incident. He has seen a few things in his day and shares a bit of his story. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/b…
 
"Yogi" has served in the Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force. He flew in the opening days of Afghanistan and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission flown during Operation Anaconda. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https:…
 
"Perty" joined the Royal Air Force right out of the gate. He has flown numerous aircraft and has a few "notches" on his belt. He has instructed, survived an ejection, gone to war a few times, and most recently successfully lead the RAF Red Arrows Demonstration Team. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Adv…
 
Have a question submit yours https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com Climb rate F-16 vs F-15? How often to officers cross over from other career fields to become a pilot? Controlled ejection parameters, requirements, scenarios The path to becoming a demo pilot. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising …
 
JB served over 26 years in the Army, 10 of which was in Special Operations in the esteemed 75th Regiment. We chat leadership, his experience jumping into Panama during Operation Just Cause and a few other of his experiences. He is the Author of Warrior Leadership: Steps to Success for Leaders on the Ground. Support the show: Become a Patreon Visit …
 
Have a questions? Swing over to https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/ Want to support the Show? https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/ What are Go-Pills, Side-Effects. "Knuckles" returns to add science to the discussion. Dealing with missing goals, or marks. Tips and tricks for winning at pilot training...or any training for that matter. Support this …
 
"Slash" entered into the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He started his aviation journey flying the C-7 before transitioning across several platforms. By the time "Slash" retired he added the B-52, T-38, Hawk, SR-71, and A-10 to his flying resume. Support the Podcast: Become a Patreon TheAfterburnpodcast.com Support this podcast at — https://redc…
 
Have a question? info@theafterburnpodcast.com Support the Podcast https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast How do you maintain and build your passion for flying when you are several years into your flying career? How do you make sure you keep learning and improving? Why doesn't the Air Force wear full battle rattle when they fly? What qualities …
 
"Bender" is a fighter pilot, a former F-16 pilot and now he currently flies the F-35. In this episode we dive further into the mishap breakdown from episode #23. The goal is to bring more context to the events that unfolded on June 30th 2020 that resulted in the fatal mishap with Lt. David "MEZr" Schmitz. Lt Schmitz Foundation Support the Podcast B…
 
On 30 June 2020, Lt David “MEZr” Schmitz was killed in an F-16 mishap at Shaw AFB. He was conducting a night mission qualification sortie. Upon his initial landing attempt his aircraft struck the instrument landing system antennas resulting in significant damage to his aircraft. Following approximately 30 mins of troubleshooting “MEZr” attempted to…
 
Brian has 20+ years as an US Army Officer and Warrant Officer. Five years as an Armor/Cavalry officer as an M1 Tank and 120mm Mortar Platoon Leader. 15+ years as an Aviation officer with over 2,000 hours as OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and AH-64D/E Pilot. Two Combat Deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/th…
 
"2Watt" is an A-10 pilot and on July 20th, 2017 he was conducted a low angle strafe during an operational check flight. The gun malfunctioned which resulted in the canopy being jettisoned and damaging the aircraft's hydraulic system. "2Watt" successfully recovered the stricken aircraft to a nearby field. For his superior airmanship he was awarded t…
 
Col Hamilton is an Air Force Test pilot and has flown over 30 different types of aircraft. He has flown numerous military fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, F-15E, as well as the F-35A/B/C. He led a team of nearly 1000 individuals as the command of F-35 developmental test at Edwards AFB. Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburn…
 
"Tuna"is a former Air Force pilot and joins me on the podcast to talk about his aviation career. He has flown the A-10, the F-117, completed a Navy exchange in the F-18 (with well over 100 traps), and rounded out his career flying the F-4. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross during a mission over Kosovo in the F-117. He is a warbird pilot and re…
 
"Huggy" started flying the U-2 in 1989 and flew it for the majority of his Air Force career until his retirement. Recently, he returned to fly U-2 as the USAF's first civilian instructor pilot to fly the high flying spy plane. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon--> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube-->…
 
In this episode we discuss "Shiner's" second sortie where he was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross. Less than 30 days after his first Distinguished Flying Cross, "Shiner" was tasked to rescue two army pilots downed in enemy controlled territory. During the initial insertion, his aircraft received enemy fire, striking his flight engineer…
 
In this episode Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting and I talk about two sorties he flew while supporting operations in Afghanistan in 2011. "Shiner" is an HH-60 Air Force Pavehawk pilot, specializing in Combat Search and Rescue. On March 29th, 2011 "Shiner" and his crew were alerted to respond to an urgent evacuation of four critically wounded Soldiers. Whil…
 
On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries. They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire. They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours. Truly impressive story. For their actions they were awarded…
 
On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries. They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire. They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours. Truly impressive story. For their actions they were awarded…
 
"Flint" teaches America's newest pilot training graduates how to fly the mighty Viper. He instructs students on the multi-role missions of the F-16. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has flown the F-16 in three operational assignments. He has over 50 combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Support this podcast at — http…
 
"Mongo" has to wear a space suit in his office to keep his blood from "boiling." Let that sink in for minute. "Mongo" walks us through his aviation journey and more importantly what it is like to fly on the edge of space in a U-2 Spy Plane. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https:…
 
Brian is currently an Air Force Reservist. He spent 12 years on Active Duty prior to joining the reserves and pursuing a career in the airlines. He is an ROTC graduate, former UPT T-1 instructor, C-130J, & C-40 pilot. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube -- >https…
 
Rob Holland pushes the aviation limits in the world of aerobatics and flying. Rob is a five-time consecutive World Champion and nine-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion. He is both humble and approachable. All around great American, listen in to hear about Rob’s journey. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > https://www.patreon.com/th…
 
“Knuckles” played college football prior to joining the Air Force as a flight surgeon for an F-16 Fighter Squadron. We talk about the role of the flight surgeon and “Knuckles” journey to becoming a Squadron Flight Doc. “Knuckles” has now a year into his journey to becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > htt…
 
Mike Goulian is an accomplished pilot and businessman. He found a passion for aviation early in life and grew that passion into a successful career. The Goulian name is synonymous with excellence in the aerospace world. He raced on the Red Bull Air Race circuit for 12 years in the Master Class Series. He is one of the youngest pilots to win the US …
 
"Tally" tells her path to going to the United States Air Force Academy, flying the mighty Viper, and then a rather unique story while flying a combat mission on her last deployment. Tally started off as a T-6 instructor pilot before flying the F-16. She is now a T-38 adversary pilot flying primary against the F-22 and F-35. Support this podcast at …
 
During a clearing operation in Sangin District in Helmand, Afghanistan Caleb and his team discovered a large Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory. During the operation a pressure plate IED exploded underneath Caleb leaving him gravely wounded. Caleb’s journey to becoming a Green Beret is inspiring let along hearing his journey of recovering fo…
 
"Bond" is a former Royal Air Force Tornado pilot, the first exchange pilot in the F-22 program, and founder of Red 6 Aerospace. He grew up in a relatively poor area of England and climb to the pinnacle of aviation. Following his father's suicide he returned home to run the family business. He has now combined his skills as a fighter pilot, a busine…
 
Ever wonder what the requirements are to become an officer in the Air Force? The process to become an officer? Regardless of your answer you might find something useful inside this episode to apply to your everyday life. But for those of you seeking to become a pilot, this is your first step. Capt Colin Slade, aReserve Officer Training Corps instru…
 
Chaos is an F-16 instructor pilot at the US Air Force Weapon School. In this episode we talk about his journey through aviation, the loss of his father in an aircraft accident, as well as the death of our friend and squadron mate “Pyro.” Chaos is the epitome of the Weapon School’s mantra of “Humble, approachable and credible.” A simple mantra that …
 
From providing close air support in the mountains of Afghanistan to leading the A-10 Demonstration team, ShiV has a great story as an A-10 pilot. His journey started as an enlisted airman serving as a Russian linguist on the EC-130. He excelled and earned a Officer Training School slot and subsequently went on to pilot training. We discuss challeng…
 
After surviving an IED blast in Iraq, Steve was medically retired from the USMC. Steve is credited with a kill of an insurgent from over 1600 meters when he was deployed to Iraq in 2004. He founded Tier 1 Group, which specialized in training for defense and other government agencies, and grew the company to an industry leader for defense and tactic…
 
From fighting ISIS in Afghanistan to instructing in the F-35, “Fifty” talks about his journey in the Air Force. This episode covers everything from his initial medical disqualification to flying the most advanced fighter ever built. Also, we hit on why the F-35 evolution of the F-35, bad press, and how it is not a replacement for the A-10. 00:40 – …
 
50 Special Ops troops are engaged in a heavy firefight with ISIS fighters. A-10 pilot, Major Tyler “Leeroy” Schultz (USAF) is called in and helps turn the fight around. His actions earn him the Distinguished Flying Cross. That day 83 ISIS fighters are killed during the 5 hour firefight. Listen in to hear “Leeroy’s” journey becoming an U.S. Air Forc…
 
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