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A podcast all about fighter planes, military aircraft, and aviation history. We will take a look at the pilots, designers, engineers, and maintainers who have flown or worked on some of the most iconic aircraft in history.
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Let’s take a look at the X-51 Waverider and how the Super Hornet could be getting a hypersonic weapons upgrade!The Navy’s current air deployed anti-ship weapon is the AGM-84 Harpoon, which has been in service for decades.  With over 7,000 examples built it is hard to argue that the Harpoon has been a successful design, however with its subsonic speeds and the quickly escalating capabilities of near peer adversaries, a faster longer ranged missile is needed.  As a result the  US Navy has begun  researching what it would take to produce a hypersonic anti-ship missile that could be deployed from the Super Hornet.  Today we will take a look at some of the developments in the ongoing hypersonic missile research programs and how they would conceptually work on the Super Hornet. Video about the Completion:https://youtu.be/qX9v4qm1B7EIf you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#hypersonic #super #hornet #waveriderSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
The Tejas is a single-engine multirole fighter which features a tailless, compound delta wing design that omits horizontal stabilizers in the tail.  This allows for better close-combat, high-speed, and high-alpha performance characteristics than comparable traditional wing designs.  Extensive wind tunnel testing on scale models and complex computational fluid dynamics analysis have optimized the aerodynamic configuration for minimum supersonic drag, a low wing-loading, and high rates of roll and pitch. Tejas is designed with "relaxed static stability" for enhanced maneuverability and agility. Originally intended to serve as an air superiority aircraft with a secondary ground-attack role, its flexibility permits a variety of guided air-to-surface and anti-shipping weapons to be integrated for multirole and multi-mission capabilities.If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotogCredits/AttributionsCover art photo of the IAF HAL Tejas:Venkat Mangudi, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons#Tejas #IAF #India #FighterSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Recently the Philippine Air Force or PAF has stepped up its efforts to obtain modern fighters, narrowing down their final selection to either the advanced Block 70 F-16 or the Saab JAS 39 C and D Gripen. This competition comes at a time with ever increasing tensions in the South China Sea.  The economic and geostrategic importance of the South China Sea cannot be understated: Some one third of global maritime shipping passes through it, accounting for over 3 Trillion Dollars in trade each year. Today the PAF operates some 12 Korean Aerospace Industries FA-50 Fighting Eagle Light combat aircraft.  These FA-50s began operations for the PAF in 2015, after a decade long hiatus following the 2005 retirement of the Northrop F-5. Either the Block 70 F-16 or JAS 39 Gripen would be a significant step up from the FA50, let’s take a look at the proposed offers for each aircraft along with their pros and cons for the PAFVideo about the Completion:https://youtu.be/2J0njzGTFZQIf you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#Philippines #Fighter #Competition #F16 #JAS39 #Saab #Gripen Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Dassault Rafale - The Omin Role FighterThe Dassault Rafale is a French Designed and produced multirole fighter.  Intended to perform aerial reconnaissance, air superiority, interdiction, ground support, strike missions, anti-ship, and even  nuclear deterrence missions.  Because of this vast range of  missions, the Rafale is often referred to as the OmniRole fighter.  Notable features include a delta wing, canards, twin engines, a single vertical stabilizer and a permanently extended refueling probe.  The word Rafale translates to gust of wind or burst of fire in a more military sense. Chapters:0:00 Intro0:45 Armament2:26 Sensors4:20 Development9:22 Operational History11:12 FutureVideo about the Rafale:https://youtu.be/kiwgtgtw-8UIf you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog
My Guest today is Rick "Kluso" Tolini who wrote an excellent book entitled "Call Sign Kluso - An American Fighter Pilot in Mr. Reagan's Air Force"You can pick up a hardcover or digital copy of the book here:https://tinyurl.com/z8sj6xz9We discuss his experience leading up to and in Desert Storm, including his shoot down of a MiG-25 Foxbat.  We also get into what makes a good fighter pilot, the tempo of air to air combat, and effective leadership skills.  Rick's book is an absolute gem and I could not put it down when I started reading it. Podcast Chapters:0:00 Intro0:28 Early Life7:15 Kadena Air Force Base14:30 Air Combat Tactics19:13 The Human Factor26:38 Desert Shield38:44 Desert Storm46:48 Training to fight54:54 Add Value58:11 Strafing in the Eagle1:05:11 Why you wrote the bookThanks for listening!If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#F15 #fighter #pilot #desert #storm #interview Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Covering over 100 years of the fighter in 10 minutes, we will take a look at the evolution of the fighter plane.  From canvas and wood biplanes to supercomputer equipped composite stealth fighters.If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog
It’s official, Switzerland has chosen the Lockheed Martin F35A Lightning II as its newest fighter plane.  In a 5.5 Billion Dollar deal that adds a 15th nation to the growing base of F35 users, the agreement also comes alongside an additional 2.1 Billion dollar deal to buy the surface to air Patriot missile defense system.  Switzerland’s decision to procure the F35 has sent shockwaves throughout Europe.  The Lightning II beat out the  Dassault Rafale which is produced in France, the Eurofighter Typhoon which is jointly produced by Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain, and even the Boeing Super Hornet.  Additionally, Swiss voters decided to remove the Saab Gripen from Switzerland's fighter competition some seven years ago. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#F-35 #Lightning #SwitzerlandSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Part of the NASA technology demonstrators, X-31 was designed to test thrust vectoring technology by using a delta wing, canards, and vectored thrust from the engine.   Designed and built by  Rockwell and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm or MBB, The X-31 was  part of a joint US and German project known as the Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program or EFM.  The goal of the EFM was to use thrust vectoring and an advanced flight control system to provide enhanced control authority in pitch and yaw, this resulted in significantly more maneuverability than most conventional fighters.If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog
Listen to the origin story, current state and future of the F-22 Raptor.Widely considered the best air superiority fighter in the world, the Lockheed Martin F-22 is a fifth generation, twin engine, single seat, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft.  Developed from decades of air combat experience the F-22 excels in its one true mission:  to defeat any air adversary it encounters. This is accomplished by the Raptor’s incredible performance, advanced avionics, and stealth profile. Notable features include twin tails, a trapezoidal wing, and a golden canopy which is coated with a thin layer of Indium Tin Oxide or ITO  which acts like an EM shield to maintain stealth characteristics. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#F22 #Raptor #Lockheed #Stealth #5thGeneration
Lets listen to the story of  the latest version of the Super Hornet - the block IIIRecently the US Navy has begun accepting deliveries of the Block III super Hornets.This latest version enhances the already legendary Super Hornet to be even more survivable and networked into the modern battlefield.  Previous Episodes about the F/A-18 Hornet:From Cobra to Hornet:https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/7294126From Hornet to Super Hornet:https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/7465435If you enjoy this episode, consider subscribing to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a Mach 2 single engine light multirole fighter which implements fly-by-wire controls and makes use of a relaxed stability design for improved maneuverability.  Notable features include a delta wing with forward canards, and side air intakes.  Manufactured by Saab, a Swedish aerospace company, the Gripen was designed to replace the Draken and Viggen, both successful previous Saab designs.  The Gripen is designed to be easy to maintain, and have quick turnaround times between missions. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#saab #gripen #jas39 #fighterSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
The F-16XL is a cranked arrow  delta wing variant of the hugely successful F-16 Fighting Falcon or Viper.   Initially conceived as a technology demonstrator for General Dynamics, the F-16XL was entered into the Enhanced Tactical Fighter competition, and has reemerged as a potential solution for today's Air Force.Link to the F-36 Kingsnake video:https://youtu.be/hv_CpuB9WYALink to the F-16XL Video:https://youtu.be/6l3Ixa_WmSgIf you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotogSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly capable fourth plus generation multirole fighter with exceptional performance, advanced avionics, and superior maneuverability. The product of lessons learned from the Cold War, the Typhoon is the result of an extended collaboration between Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK. Notable features include canards, a delta wing, dual engines with a split intake under the belly, and an extensive amount of hardpoints for mounting weapons. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#eurofighter #typhoon 
Easily one of the most interesting looking X planes, the X-32 was a technology concept demonstrator built by Boeing  which competed for what was at the time called the largest military contract in history, the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF.  The X-32 was a single engine delta wing stealth multirole fighter that would have been produced in three variants: an Air Force version, a carrier based Naval version, and a Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing or STOVL version.    This episode takes a look at how the X-32 was developed, the design decisions that were made along the way, and its competition against the X-35.If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services including Spotify here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogIf you’d like to support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#X32 #JSF #Boeing #competition
The F-18 HARV or High Alpha Research Vehicle was a NASA testbed used to study performance at high angles of attack or alpha.  The aircraft flew from 1989 to 1996 in a 3 phase research program that progressively added modifications to the Hornet.  The aircraft that would become the F-18 HARV was actually a pre production F/A-18 and the sixth one ever built.  Having been assigned  Bureau Number 160780, this particular F18 was chosen as a testbed because it had a spin chute installed as the NAVY had used it to evaluate spin performance and recovery.  Under NASAs use the aircraft was designated aircraft number 840. Link to the thrust vectoring F-15ACTIVE episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/8314527If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog
I recently read From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot by retired USAF Colonel Steve Ladd.  I reached out to Steve to see if I could interview him for my podcast and he graciously agreed.  Take a listen to this episode where Steve touches on some of the highlights of his illustrious Air Force Career.  To get the whole story be sure to check out the book on Kindle or hardcover format at: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08NSJ4SKW&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_WPQDTM32PHDYFRNQ25F4For those in the UK you can use:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phantom-Warthog-Memoirs-Fighter-Pilot/dp/1526761246/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=From+Phantom+to+Warthog&qid=1581866152&sr=8-1If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotogSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Let's listen to the story of the EC-130Q and its mission to communicate with nuclear ballistic missile submarines in case of an attack.  Scott, who worked on the TACAMO mission shares with us details on how modified C-130s are used to "drag a wire" and orbit - creating an incredibly powerful transmitter that can send signals for hundreds and even thousands of miles.  This system is still in use today, learn all about the mission, and the personnel who maintain readiness 24/7. Thanks for listening, if you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotogSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Let's listen to the story of what could be the most modified F15 ever: F15 serial number 71-0290In case you missed the first two parts: Part 1: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/8225091Part 2: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1555784/8270521Video:  https://youtu.be/IhPhxWgpaC8The F-15 known as serial number 71-0290 rolled off the assembly lines and into history in 1973 as the sixth F-15 ever produced and the first two seater F-15.  Intended to be used as a trainer for the then all new F-15, this model was given the designation TF-15.  That may have been enough to make it a notable Eagle, but almost from its beginnings this airplane was destined for research and discovery.  In the late 1970s the development teams at the Langley Research Center began exploring the concepts and benefits of thrust vectoring. These studies looked at 2D thrust vectoring along with thrust reversing and as early as 1982 a model of an F-15 with 2D nozzles was produced.  Shortly thereafter, aircraft 71-0291 was fitted with 2D nozzles and canards and flown as a proof of concept.  Based on this a contract was awarded to further study these enhancements and this became known as the STOL/MTD or Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
Let’s take a look at how the Eagle became the Strike EagleOverviewThe F15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter meaning it is capable of performing both  air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The Strike Eagle is a twin engine, twin tailed fourth generation fighter capable of taking the fight down to low altitude and operating day or night in virtually any weather. Developed from  the hugely successful F-15 fighter, the Strike Eagle was created to fly long range interdiction missions or deep air support without the need for a fighter escort or electronic warfare aircraft.  Notable features that distinguish the Strike Eagle from the F15C Eagle are tandem seats, conformal fuel tanks, and a typically darker camouflage. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#F15 #strike #eagle #story Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
The  F-15 is a twin engine, twin tailed fourth generation fighter designed initially as a dedicated air superiority fighter. With an unprecedented record of over 100 kills to zero losses it is hard to argue against the success of this legendary fighter.  Having a service life measured in decades, this is the first of a multipart series on the Eagle. Today we will be looking at the initial variants of the F-15, specifically the A through D models. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotogAnd finally you can follow me on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/pilotphotog#F15 #Eagle #Fighter #Origin #Story Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)
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