095 – Surface-to-Air Threats: SAMs

095 – Surface-to-Air Threats: SAMs

Featured Guest
Captain Thomas "Jethro" Bodine
U.S. Navy

Surface-to-air missiles, or SAMs, are sometimes also called “flying telephone poles” because of their sheer size. …whatever you call them, these deadly weapons are widely proliferated and credited with downing hundreds of allied aircraft since their first widespread use during the Vietnam conflict.

On this episode, U.S. Navy Captain and former TOPGUN instructor Thomas “Jethro” Bodine concludes our two-part series on surface-to-air threats with a look at SAMs. We cover types, guidance methods and countertactics before Jethro regales us with a story of the harrowing night he dodged several SAMs over Iraq in the F/A-18F Super Hornet’s combat debut.

Guest cohost “Crunch” returns from last week’s episode to help explain SAMs and answer listener questions on survival suits, military—civilian pilot certificate equivalency, and low level routes.

Episode artwork by Edward Cooper. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.