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 Anti-aircraft artillery. Guns and cannon used to shoot down aircraft. Often armed with exploding rounds. episode to help explain SAMs and answer listener questions on survival suits, military—civilian pilot certificate equivalency, and low level routes.