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070 – A-4 Skyhawk

070 – A-4 Skyhawk

Few aircraft capture the imagination like the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Designed for a carrier-based one-way nuclear strike–a mission it, mercifully, never performed–the diminutive plane instead established a solid reputation as a capable conventional attack aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. The jet went on to serve as the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron’s aircraft […]

068 – JAS 39 Gripen

068 – JAS 39 Gripen

Bomber Month was a blast but it’s back to our namesake this week with a look at the Saab JAS 39 Gripen. Mikael “Duke” Grev, former lieutenant in the Swedish Air Force, joins us to discuss this delta-wing, canard-equipped, single engine fighter including it’s armament, performance, and many variants. Read more on Duke’s Gripen experiences […]

063 – A-5 Vigilante

063 – A-5 Vigilante

There may be no more enigmatic naval aircraft than the North American A-5 Vigilante. Originally designed to be a carrier-based strategic nuclear bomber, it served primarily as an unarmed reconnaissance asset, substituting its nuclear rear-loaded payload for extra fuel tanks and collections gear. On this episode, former Vigilante pilot Bob Jellison, retired U.S. Navy Captain, […]

061 – F-22 Raptor

061 – F-22 Raptor

There may be no better fighter in history or currently flying than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Designed as an air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle, the Raptor combines advanced sensors, stealth, and exquisite flight controls and thrust vectoring into a lethal platform. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Terry “Stretch” […]

060 – MiG-29 Fulcrum

060 – MiG-29 Fulcrum

Arms races have existed as long as humans have been warring and the Cold War was no exception. In the late 1970’s the U.S. fielded the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet air superiority fighters. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, fielded its own advanced fighter that was in many ways superior. With amazing agility, a high […]

057 – C-2 Greyhound

057 – C-2 Greyhound

Everyone loves the sleek fighter jets, hovering attack planes, and other glamorous war machines that make the headlines and capture our attention, but few give more than a fleeting thought to the many other aircraft that perform crucial, yet unremarkable missions. One of those missions is logistical support, and only one airplane in history has […]

056 – AV-8 Harrier

056 – AV-8 Harrier

The Harrier is unique in that it is capable of taking off and landing in extremely short distances—or even vertically—thanks to swiveling exhaust nozzles and augmented flight controls. This feature, originally adapted for a cold war scenario, is particularly useful for shipboard amphibious operations. On this episode, retired US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jeff “Magwa” […]

054 – V-22 Osprey

054 – V-22 Osprey

When it comes to military aircraft, most enthusiasts are familiar with the subcategories airplanes and helicopters, and the differing ways they generate lift. The former propels one or more stationary wings through the airstream and thus requires a relatively high minimum flying speed. The latter rotates multiple overhead wings, which facilitates flight in a stationary […]

051 – SR-71 Blackbird

051 – SR-71 Blackbird

There are military aircraft that contribute to shaping US foreign policy. There are some that usher in cutting edge technology. Others set speed and altitude records. A few capture the lifelong imaginations of children and aviation enthusiasts alike. And then there’s the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Brainchild of legendary aeronautical engineer, Kelly Johnson, the Blackbird did […]

050 – F-8 Crusader

050 – F-8 Crusader

The first recorded account of two aircraft engaging in aerial combat occurred in late November 1913 during the Mexican Revolution. The pilots, both American ‘soldiers of fortune’ on opposing sides of the conflict, engaged each other (unsuccessfully) with handheld pistols in otherwise unarmed aircraft. The gun—and soon after, the cannon—quickly became the primary weapon for […]

048 – Panavia Tornado

048 – Panavia Tornado

Anyone who watched early superhero shows years ago recalls opening scenes where bystanders gawking skyward exclaim, “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird!…” “It’s a plane!” “It’s…” (…of course, we all know, it’s Superman!). But when the subject of today’s episode blasts overhead, folks might similarly cry, “it’s a fighter!…” “It’s a deep interdictor […]

047 – A-6 Intruder

047 – A-6 Intruder

They say fighter pilots make movies while attack pilots make history. So, what happens when a former attack pilot writes a book—his first ever—that so accurately and engagingly captures Vietnam combat operations that it ends up on President Reagan’s desk before soaring up New York Times’ best seller charts? That’s right, they make a movie […]

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