ABOUT THE SHOW
The Fighter Pilot Podcast is the internet show that explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and—most importantly—the people.
New episodes air about weekly and feature expert guests who help explain a variety of military aviation-themed topics, such as how ejection seats work, the theories involved in hypersonic flight, and what it’s like to land a high performance jet fighter on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
FPP episodes and related videos can be found on our YouTube channel and audio-only versions are available on most podcast players.
The show is active on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Exclusive content and early access is available to those who help financially support the show on Patreon.
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As a military aviation enthusiast, this is the type of knowledgeable commentary and content I had always wished to have access to. Excellent podcast, hosted by and featuring excellent people.
Jolly Roger Tomcat ·United States of America ·03/07/2023
ABOUT THE HOST
Hello! My name is Vincent Aiello, callsign “Jell-O” (more on callsigns in episode 2), and I am the founder and host of this show.
My infatuation with military jets began when I attended an airshow at 8 years old and quickly became my life calling. After college I was fortunate to spend nearly a quarter century as a U.S. 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 prestigious U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN.
Throughout my career I frequently met people who reminded me of the public’s more-than-passing interest in military aviation. Responses to learning what I did were typically, “that’s so 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 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 about 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.