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Fighter Pilot Podcast

Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello, Retired US Navy Fighter Pilot

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The Fighter Pilot Podcast explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and most importantly--the people. Most episodes feature a guest who helps explain the topic at hand, such as how ejection seats work or what it's like to fly on and off nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Strap in and hang on for this incredible show. If you love the roar of a high-speed flyby or are enamored by the poise and confidence of the brave men and women who fly, fix, and fight ...
 
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As the storm clouds of war once again formed in the late 1930's, the Japanese Imperial Navy requested proposals for a new aircraft carrier-based fighter that would dominate all competitors in aerial combat. The result was one of the most revered fighter aircraft to ever take to the skies: the Mitsubishi A6M Type 0, or as it later came to be more af…
 
According to Ernest Hemmingway, a man has only one virginity to lose in fighters, and if it is a lovely plane he loses it to, there his heart will ever be. Evidently this is not just true for fighters but for attack planes--even those that started off in your nation's Navy then get thrust onto your Air Force to fly nuclear maritime strike missions.…
 
The Fighter Pilot Podcast would not be possible without the support of the hundreds of veterans who served both in uniform and, in this case, in the studio. To those who have served: happy Veterans Day. And thank you, from all of us. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-fighter-pilot-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://r…
 
The F-35 Lightning II, a trillion-dollar, highly capable 5th generation fighter, has been described by the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff as a Ferrari which, "you don’t drive to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays." If so, what do we drive to work the rest of the week? On this episode, Samuel "Spam" Milam, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel w…
 
Fighter Pilot Podcast host Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello welcomes Paul "PK" Averna of the Cubic Corporation back to the show at the 2021 Tailhook Reunion & Convention for an update on the live / virtual / constructive training paradigm and what's new since first discussing this cutting edge technology on the show earlier this year. Learn more on LVC, the…
 
In 1933, English aircraft designer Sydney Camm proposed a radical design for the future of British fighter aviation: a monoplane. Two-and-a-half years later the Hawker Hurricane took to the skies and became a Royal Air Force workhorse, albeit an overshadowed one. On this episode, Mr. Warren Pietsch, Chief Pilot from the Dakota Territory Air Museum,…
 
Flying fighter jets is a strenuous activity that can take a toll on the human body, causing musculoskeletal pain and even injury. Routinely pulling G’s while wearing a bulky helmet in a high-performance fighter can cause significant high back and neck trouble. On this bonus episode, Patrick “Lips” Houlahan and Bryan “Woody” Anderson discuss a simpl…
 
In 1962 the U.S. Marine Corps issued a request for a heavy lift, ship-based helicopter capable of lifting a 4-ton payload over a radius of 100 nautical miles at a speed of over 150 knots. Boeing offered the CH-47A Chinook, which was already in service with the U.S. Army, while Sikorsky offered the S-65. The latter was selected, and after three year…
 
The air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons employed by the U.S. armed forces and its allies are not designed and fielded by the military alone but requires close collaboration with industry partners. On this bonus episode, John "Clyde" Thayer and Steve Milano of Raytheon Missiles & Defense discuss some of the company's best known “Air Dominance” weap…
 
Inside America’s Dysfunctional Trillion-Dollar Fighter-Jet Program (NY Times). The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted the F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed (Forbes). The F-35 May Be Unsalvageable (The Hill). Are these headlines fair criticisms of the Joint Strike Fighter or simply yellow journalism? How are we supposed to know what, and who, to believe the…
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a 70+ year-old aircraft in the air, who funds its maintenance, or how you could be involved to help keep the legacy of the aircraft, pilots, and maintainers alive for future generations to experience? Well, wonder no more! On this episode, Ms. Leah Block joins us to discuss the Commemorative Air Force, f…
 
The team that brought you the Fighter Pilot Podcast is proud to announce the debut of our latest show, the F-14 Tomcast! Dedicated to everyone’s favorite swing-wing fighter, the Tomcast is a biweekly internet radio show dedicated to the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the amazing men and women who flew, fixed, fought, and loved her. Here on the FPP, we're …
 
This time last year we heard from Martin "Opus" Richard who was airborne in an F-15 Eagle over Manhattan during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. This year, on the 20th anniversary of that fateful day, we hear from Tim "Conk" Conklin of the Colorado Air National Guard who was also airborne, only in an F-16 Viper and over Denver and Cheyenne Mountai…
 
The Marines—God bless 'em—have a reputation for making do with whatever equipment, weapons, and tasking that comes their way and, to their credit, usually do a damn fine job accomplishing the mission with whatever they have. This goes for Vietnam-era assault helicopters originally operated by the U.S. Army. On this episode, U.S. Marine Corps Reserv…
 
This week, Sloppy describes the fateful flight of June 13, 2008 from brief to the mid-air collision to parachuting safely to the desert floor below. Meanwhile, the midshipman in the F-5F Tiger II backseat struggles to maintain consciousness, let alone awareness of events transpiring around him. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-fi…
 
This month the FPP is proud to simulcast the first four shows of our new sibling podcast, The Merge. And on this first episode of the inaugural season of, we hear an overview of this season's story and then learn about the state of Naval Aviation in 2008 with retired U.S. Navy Captain Fitz "Dud" Lee. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/…
 
For the past year the team at BVR Productions has been working on a new show that tells a serialized story over multiple episodes of a given season. The show is called The Merge and the FPP is proud to feature the first four episodes of season 1 over the month of August, beginning with this, the show announcement and trailer. Support this podcast a…
 
Hornet, Eagle, Viper, Tomcat, Tiger, Raptor, Warthog, Moose... we've covered many colorfully-named aircraft here on the show and this week is no different with a discussion on the carrier-based nucular strike aircraft that served mainly in reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and aerial tanker roles from the mid-50's well into the 2000's. That's rig…
 
Not every aircraft can be (or should be) an attention-grabbing 9G fighter or Mach 3 spy plane. Scores of unheralded support planes play vital military roles including the movement of critical supply. Without timely and sufficient beans, bullets, and bandages provided by cargo planes like the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, no military campaign gets fa…
 
Before COVID it was common for U.S. Navy aircraft carriers returning from deployment to stop and pick up a thousand or more "tigers." These civilian family and friends enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience of life aboard a carrier at sea, including an airshow unlike anything available back home. In 2003, show host Vincent's two brothers, …
 
This being our 4th year in podcasting, episodes air on the 4's of each month, but this month the 4th falls on a major U.S. holiday so we're taking a little break. Cohost Boat welcomes Jell-O back to the show following his family setback and the two clear out the phone log. For those of you who celebrate it, happy Independence Day! Support this podc…
 
Some aircraft are, simply put, icons of their era: the Wright Flyer, the SR-71 “Blackbird”, and the F-22 “Raptor”, to name just a few. All hold a special place in history, and in the hearts and minds of the men and women who flew them or have dreamt about doing so. On this episode, the only surviving triple ace of World War II, retired U.S. Air For…
 
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