About

People love
fighter jets.

Whether it’s the thunderous roar of a high-speed flyby, the dramatic news footage from far away conflicts, or the captivating self-assuredness of the men and women who pilot them, military aircraft are fascinating to a lot of folks.

…of course, if you are reading this you already know all that. In fact, you’re probably one of them.

I am too.

About Me

Hello! My name is Vincent Aiello, callsign “Jell-O” (more on callsigns in episode 2), and this is The Fighter Pilot Podcast, the internet radio show that explores the fascinating world of air combat.

Vincent "Jello" Aiello

My infatuation with military jets began in early childhood and quickly became my life’s calling. After college I was fortunate to spend nearly a quarter of a century as a US Navy fighter pilot flying aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and A-4 Skyhawk. I deployed overseas on aircraft carriers numerous times and was selected to attend (and instruct at) the US Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN.

I met many people over the course of my career who reminded me of the public’s more-than-passing interest in combat aircraft. Responses to learning what I did were typically, “that’s cool!” or, “man, I wanted to do that, but….” Circumstances permitting, the new acquaintance and I would frequently spend the next several minutes (or sometimes hours) discussing what it was like to fly a high-performance jet fighter, pull G’s, or land on an aircraft carrier at night.

This fascination with my profession was humbling and I know this experience was not unique to me—most of my fighter pilot friends report similar interactions.

Before retiring from the Navy in early 2017 I knew it was important to find a way to stay connected to the profession that so indelibly shaped my life. I also realized there must be a lot of people out there who would love to know more about what it’s like in the world of combat aviation but might never have an opportunity to find out, short of a chance encounter with a military pilot.

The Fighter Pilot Podcast seeks to satisfy both.

About the show

The Fighter Pilot Podcast is a thrice-monthly internet radio show that explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and—most importantly—the people.

Each episode lasts about an hour and features a guest who helps explain a relevant topic such as what an ejection seat is or how aerial refueling is performed. There is also a Q&A segment to answer listener questions.

If you would like to help fund this listener-supported show, and in the process gain access to exclusive content, please visit our Patreon page.

So jump right in and join the discussion! Look for The Fighter Pilot Podcast on
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You can e-mail us at questions@fighterpilotpodcast.com or leave a voice message at 877-MACH-101 (877-622-4101). Who knows? You may hear yourself on an upcoming episode.

Thanks for tuning in. I hope you enjoy the show.

Jell-O

Becky S, Former Guest

Thank you for being an ambassador for aviation and encouraging people to pursue a career in the aircraft. That close knit community you’ve created on the air waves really brings about that wardroom feel of Naval Aviation, and you are definitely giving your listeners a glimpse of that!

Al R, Patreon Strike Lead

I’m the new [intelligence officer] for a Growler squadron. Information like this helps me understand what it’s like behind a cockpit without having the opportunity to fly myself.

Vince C, Facebook Follower

This is the real deal as narrated by the guys on the pointy end of the sword. Nothing comes as close to the topics as this show. Intelligent and directed topic points from inside the rarely cracked world of Fighter Pilots. Amazing!

Leon G, Facebook Follower

Topics are relevant. Content is gripping. Format, flawless and length just right! I’m on episode 14 and burning though them as quickly as life will permit… Only downside is I know at some point I’m going to catch up and have to wait for the next episode… ? Great work and thank you!

Jeremy R, "Truck Driver Who's Into Aviation"

I feel really protected knowing there are people like you guys up there watching our backs.

Jim R, Podcast Listener

The passion you and your guests speak with has sparked my own passion for aviation that has lay dormant for some years, but is now rearing it’s awesome head again… You have literally spurred me to once again throwing caution to the wind and follow [my] dreams.

Alfred L, Listener

I’m an Aerospace Engineer who works at Sandia National Laboratories and I love your podcast. Please keep up the great work.

Daniel F, Facebook Follower

Your ability to explain and excite your audience is amazing. Great topics, great guests and, most importantly, a great insight into a world most of us will never see.

Andrew H, Facebook Follower

As an aviation enthusiast you won’t find a more informative and entertaining podcast. Whether you are interested in what it’s like to fly high performance military jets, the demands of being Air Boss, or the history of The Distinguished Flying Cross, you’ll find it here. It’s all delivered expertly.

Bryce N, Model Builder

You’re really doing this right. I’ve been listening to some other things since I got caught up and none of them have the tone and energy that [Jell-O] and Sunshine bring every episode. You have this incredible ability to make us feel like we’re in the conversation with you, not just listening passively.

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