Bomber Month 2019
B17
Episode 064
B52
Episode 065
B1
Episode 066
B2
Episode 067

Episode 064

B-17
Flying Fortress

Retired USAF LtColCrawford Hicks CROP

Lieutenant Colonel Crawford Hicks
US Air Force (Retired)

Mr. Mike Rowland CROP

Mr. Mike Rowland
Curator of the Museum of Aviation

Here on the Fighter Pilot Podcast it's Bomber Month!

First up is the venerable Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and joining us is Mr. Mike Rowland, former curator of the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, Warner Robins, Georgia where a B-17 is being meticulously restored. Also joining us on this episode is retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Crawford Hicks, a former WWII B-17 pilot who was shot down on his 10th mission and held as a prisoner until the end of hostilities.

Episode artwork adapted by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.

Episode 065

B-52
Stratofortress

65 B-52 Mr. Ken Katz CROP

Mr. Ken Katz
Former Flight Test Engineer
US Air Force

Bomber Month continues with the mighty Boeing B-52 Stratofortress!  

This week, Mr. Ken Katz, a former U.S. Air Force flight test engineer who literally wrote the book on the B-52, joins us to talk all about the mighty "BUFF" including the several variants, its many weapons, and most impressively--how it may end up being the first aircraft in history to fly operationally for 100 years.

Episode artwork adapted by Janek Krause.  Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.

Episode 066

B-1
Lancer

Retired USAF LtCol Chris Wachter CROP

Lieutenant Colonel
Chris “Wacky” Wachter
US Air Force (Retired)

Bomber Month marches on with the former Rockwell (now Boeing) B-1 Lancer.

This week, retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel Chris Wachter joins us to talk about the bomber canceled by one president but reinstated by another in a role quite different from what was originally intended. The "Bone," which in many ways is unlike any other bomber--such as swing-wings and afterburning engines--remains a vital part of the U.S. arsenal employing a wide array of weapons in a host of missions.

Episode artwork adapted by Janek Krause.  Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.

Episode 067

B-2
Spirit

SMSgt Napier CROP

Senior Master Sergeant
Steve Napier
US Air Force

Maj. Anderson’s CROP

Major
Nick "Wolf" Anderson
US Air Force

Bomber Month concludes with the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit.

This week, U.S. Air Force Major Nick "Wolf" Anderson and SMSgt Steve Napier join us to discuss the cutting-edge 'Stealth Bomber' and its enigmatic flying-wing design, not just flying but maintaining this complex machine. We discuss capabilities, weapons, even a little on low-observability and tactics. And before wrapping up, the in-development B-21 Raider is introduced.

Episode artwork adapted by Janek Krause.  Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.