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Revealed to the world at the 2021 MAKS Air Show, the Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate is a planned single engine fifth generation stealth fighter for the Russian Air Force and as an export option for Russia’s allies. Internally the fighter is designated as the T-75. The model revealed at the air show is essentially an early engineering prototype; today we wi…
 
Let’s take a look at the X-51 Waverider and how the Super Hornet could be getting a hypersonic weapons upgrade! The Navy’s current air deployed anti-ship weapon is the AGM-84 Harpoon, which has been in service for decades. With over 7,000 examples built it is hard to argue that the Harpoon has been a successful design, however with its subsonic spe…
 
The Tejas is a single-engine multirole fighter which features a tailless, compound delta wing design that omits horizontal stabilizers in the tail. This allows for better close-combat, high-speed, and high-alpha performance characteristics than comparable traditional wing designs. Extensive wind tunnel testing on scale models and complex computatio…
 
Recently the Philippine Air Force or PAF has stepped up its efforts to obtain modern fighters, narrowing down their final selection to either the advanced Block 70 F-16 or the Saab JAS 39 C and D Gripen. This competition comes at a time with ever increasing tensions in the South China Sea. The economic and geostrategic importance of the South China…
 
Dassault Rafale - The Omin Role Fighter The Dassault Rafale is a French Designed and produced multirole fighter. Intended to perform aerial reconnaissance, air superiority, interdiction, ground support, strike missions, anti-ship, and even nuclear deterrence missions. Because of this vast range of missions, the Rafale is often referred to as the Om…
 
My Guest today is Rick "Kluso" Tolini who wrote an excellent book entitled "Call Sign Kluso - An American Fighter Pilot in Mr. Reagan's Air Force" You can pick up a hardcover or digital copy of the book here: https://tinyurl.com/z8sj6xz9 We discuss his experience leading up to and in Desert Storm, including his shoot down of a MiG-25 Foxbat. We als…
 
Covering over 100 years of the fighter in 10 minutes, we will take a look at the evolution of the fighter plane. From canvas and wood biplanes to supercomputer equipped composite stealth fighters. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here: PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com) Yo…
 
It’s official, Switzerland has chosen the Lockheed Martin F35A Lightning II as its newest fighter plane. In a 5.5 Billion Dollar deal that adds a 15th nation to the growing base of F35 users, the agreement also comes alongside an additional 2.1 Billion dollar deal to buy the surface to air Patriot missile defense system. Switzerland’s decision to p…
 
Part of the NASA technology demonstrators, X-31 was designed to test thrust vectoring technology by using a delta wing, canards, and vectored thrust from the engine. Designed and built by Rockwell and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm or MBB, The X-31 was part of a joint US and German project known as the Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program or EFM. T…
 
Listen to the origin story, current state and future of the F-22 Raptor. Widely considered the best air superiority fighter in the world, the Lockheed Martin F-22 is a fifth generation, twin engine, single seat, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft. Developed from decades of air combat experience the F-22 excels in its one true mission: to…
 
Lets listen to the story of the latest version of the Super Hornet - the block III Recently the US Navy has begun accepting deliveries of the Block III super Hornets. This latest version enhances the already legendary Super Hornet to be even more survivable and networked into the modern battlefield. Previous Episodes about the F/A-18 Hornet: From C…
 
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a Mach 2 single engine light multirole fighter which implements fly-by-wire controls and makes use of a relaxed stability design for improved maneuverability. Notable features include a delta wing with forward canards, and side air intakes. Manufactured by Saab, a Swedish aerospace company, the Gripen was designed to repla…
 
The F-16XL is a cranked arrow delta wing variant of the hugely successful F-16 Fighting Falcon or Viper. Initially conceived as a technology demonstrator for General Dynamics, the F-16XL was entered into the Enhanced Tactical Fighter competition, and has reemerged as a potential solution for today's Air Force. Link to the F-36 Kingsnake video: http…
 
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly capable fourth plus generation multirole fighter with exceptional performance, advanced avionics, and superior maneuverability. The product of lessons learned from the Cold War, the Typhoon is the result of an extended collaboration between Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK. Notable features include canards, a de…
 
Easily one of the most interesting looking X planes, the X-32 was a technology concept demonstrator built by Boeing which competed for what was at the time called the largest military contract in history, the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF. The X-32 was a single engine delta wing stealth multirole fighter that would have been produced in three variant…
 
The F-18 HARV or High Alpha Research Vehicle was a NASA testbed used to study performance at high angles of attack or alpha. The aircraft flew from 1989 to 1996 in a 3 phase research program that progressively added modifications to the Hornet. The aircraft that would become the F-18 HARV was actually a pre production F/A-18 and the sixth one ever …
 
I recently read From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot by retired USAF Colonel Steve Ladd. I reached out to Steve to see if I could interview him for my podcast and he graciously agreed. Take a listen to this episode where Steve touches on some of the highlights of his illustrious Air Force Career. To get the whole st…
 
Let's listen to the story of the EC-130Q and its mission to communicate with nuclear ballistic missile submarines in case of an attack. Scott, who worked on the TACAMO mission shares with us details on how modified C-130s are used to "drag a wire" and orbit - creating an incredibly powerful transmitter that can send signals for hundreds and even th…
 
Let's listen to the story of what could be the most modified F15 ever: F15 serial number 71-0290 In case you missed the first two parts: Part 1: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/8225091 Part 2: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/8270521 Video: https://youtu.be/IhPhxWgpaC8 The F-15 known as serial number 71-0290 rolled off the assembly lines and i…
 
Let’s take a look at how the Eagle became the Strike Eagle Overview The F15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter meaning it is capable of performing both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The Strike Eagle is a twin engine, twin tailed fourth generation fighter capable of taking the fight down to low altitude and operating day or night in virtu…
 
The F-15 is a twin engine, twin tailed fourth generation fighter designed initially as a dedicated air superiority fighter. With an unprecedented record of over 100 kills to zero losses it is hard to argue against the success of this legendary fighter. Having a service life measured in decades, this is the first of a multipart series on the Eagle. …
 
Today's episode is an interview with an Airbus A320 pilot who also streams DCS on Twitch. Take a listen to BreedleJuice's story how he got into aviation, his journey to becoming an airline pilot, what its like to fly DCS and all about his Twitch Stream and the BVR Cup. Make sure you listen until the end for a bonus "end of flight" announcement I th…
 
Let’s listen to the story on how the Tiger became the TigerShark What began as Northrup’s F-5G and eventually became known as the F-20 Tigershark was a light fighter with advanced avionics which was easier to maintain and much less expensive to procure and operate than it’s chief rival, the General dynamics F-16. The F-20 could carry beyond visual …
 
The Northrop F-5E Tiger II is a lightweight multirole fighter which is an upgraded version of the F-5A Freedom Fighter. Upgrades to the engines, avionics, and structural improvements allow the F-5E to fly faster, carry more fuel and weapons, and have significantly improved sensors. All of this was done while keeping the F-5E an easy to maintain, in…
 
The Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter is a small, highly aerodynamic and maneuverable jet which was built around two compact and high thrust General Electric J85 engines. The F-5 was designed from the ground up to be an easy to maintain, simple to fly, inexpensive multirole fighter. With its origins dating back to the 1950s the F-5 has stood the test of …
 
Let’s take a look at the Royal Navy’s new dynamic duo: The HMS Queen Elizabeth and the F-35 The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy capable of carrying up to 70 aircraft. Named after the first HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was a World War 1 era Super Dreadnought, she carries the Tudor rose-adorned …
 
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Officially known by the Air Force as the Thunderbolt it’s pilots refer to it as the "Warthog" or "Hog", Notable features include vertical twin tails, engines that are above the fuselage, a s…
 
Top 5 US Fighters. To make this list, I used the following requirements: Each aircraft must: Have the “fighter” designation Be in active service And of course, be part of the US armed forces Additionally, since this is a list of fighters, we will look at things like maneuverability, weapons load outs, and combat records to determine our rankings. H…
 
The Super Hornet is an evolution of the Hornet, and just like the Hornet the Super Hornet is a multirole, twin engine, supersonic carrier capable fighter AND attack aircraft. Also similar to the Hornet, the Super Hornet’s notable features include: twin tails, folding wings, a tail section that has vertical stabilizers forward of the elevators, a un…
 
The F/A-18 Hornet is the Navy and Marines premiere front line fighter tasked with an incredible range of roles. Listen to the story of how this legendary aircraft came to be including it's loss in the Lightweight Fighter Competition and its resurgence as a carrier capable fighter. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find l…
 
Welcome to the first episode of the PilotPhotog Podcast! This episode is all about the world's most popular fighter - the F-16 Fighting Falcon aka the Viper. Small, fast, deadly, and relatively inexpensive to maintain the F-16 is the most numerous Western fighter today. Development, specifications, and service history will all be covered here. Let …
 
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to check out this podcast! The PilotPhotog Podcast will be all about aviation, military aviation to start and then I will branch out from there. The pilots, designers, maintainers, and service personnel who all contribute to the great adventure that is aviation. You see every airplane has a story, and in th…
 
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