Hello! My name is Vincent Aiello, callsign “Jell-O” (more on callsigns in episode 2), and this is the Fighter Pilot Podcast, the internet show that explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and—most importantly—the people.
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 century as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot flying 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 U.S. 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….” My 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 many people out there who would love to know more military 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
From its launch on January 1, 2018, the Fighter Pilot Podcast was a thrice-monthly audio-only podcast, but in January 2023 the show pivoted to a weekly video-centric format with audio versions still available on most podcast players.
Each episode lasts an hour or more and features expert guests who help explain a relevant topic such as what an ejection seat is or how aerial refueling is performed.
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