017 – Desert Storm MiG Kill

We’ve all heard that ‘war is hell.’ But this week on The Fighter Pilot Podcast, we hear it from a different perspective: that of a young pilot, new to the fleet and the F/A-18 Hornet, who finds himself fighting far from home in the fog of war, on the heels of the death of a beloved squadron mate.

Captain Nick “Mongo” Mongillo
Captain Nick “Mongo” Mongillo

Climb aboard as retired US Navy Captain Nick “Mongo” Mongillo tells the harrowing story of his downing an Iraqi MiG-21 on day one of Desert Storm. Live the experience as you hear the actual in-flight audio, then dissect it to learn what each call meant then, and how times have changed now.

Visit the show’s CafePress site for cool FPP merchandise. Episode intro and outro bumper music by Jaime Lopez, announcements by Jim Hendershot.

The Hornet’s First Victory album art by Mark Styling.