A weasel is a small, active predator with long, slender bodies and short legs. As a verb, ‘weasel’ means to achieve something by cunning or deceit. Replace “legs” with “wings” and both definitions aptly describe the mission of fighter jets seeking out and destroying surface-to-air threats, and the mindset of the pilots tasked to fly them.
On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, New York Times-best selling author, and speaker Dan “Two Dogs” Hampton joins us to explain the Wild Weasels mission, mindset, and aircraft from the role’s conception through repeated Middle Eastern conflicts to modern day. Credited with 21 confirmed SAMSurface-to-Air Missile. Homing or guided missiles designed to shoot down enemy aircraft. site kills, Two Dogs gives a master class on the weapons and mindset of this Air Force specialty.
Questions answered on this episode include who provides the training for U.S. Navy F-16 pilots, how married students fare in flight training compared to their unmarried peers, thoughts on age limits for entering flight training, and justification for the introduction of new 4th Gen aircraft like the F-15EX Eagle II.
Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell.