Wings of My Father Book Cover

Wings of My Father Episode 116

In this episode of “So There I Was,” we meet Messman, a former Navy P-3 Naval Flight Officer and a riveting storyteller with experiences that keep you on the edge of your seat. This episode features Messman’s harrowing and often humorous tales from his time as a naval flight officer and beyond. Right from the start, Messman’s vibrant personality and candid storytelling grip you. He shares gritty details from his […]

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Putting a tail on a Bear!

I’ll Kick Your Little Pilot @$$ Episode 115

Swede joins us to talk about his Naval Career from The Boat School (USNA) to flying in the Patrol Navy. Some Amazing and hilarious stories are in this week’s show throughout. Don’t miss hearing about his near bail-out of a T-34 or how he got his callsign! Strap in and don’t sit on the condition lever! Swede will keep us straight & level!

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Paco Pre-Flights an F-5

Accidental Fighter Pilot Episode 114

Hold on to your hats, because this week on So There I Was, we’ve got a guest who’s practically done it all. Fig and RePete are thrilled to welcome Paco to the cockpit as he takes us through his incredible journey from becoming a Navy Attack Pilot to soaring through the skies as a Navy Fighter Pilot. Ever wondered what it’s like to stare death in the face and live […]

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Earthrise

Is That a Trick Question? Episode 113

Cory Crowell, a former curator at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, joins us to share some of the many encounters he had with legends of history and aviation. From General Jimmy Doolittle to Neil Armstrong and even our friend from Episode 54, Brian Shul, Cory delivers the human side of these legendary aviators and his encounters with them during his 20 years at the museum. Join us to […]

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Spook and his squadron mates with an F/A-18 Hornet

It’s All Combat Episode 112

Spook joins us to talk about becoming a Marine pilot, Reuniting with Fig after 37 years, Flying the Hornet in the Marines and the Royal Australian Air Force. Find out why he chose the Marines over the Air Force and the Navy. Find out how he got his callsign. Learn that he has video proof that HE was the one to shoot down a drone tractor. Hear how he placed […]

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Dan Commuting to Work in the Back of a HMMWV

Pulled the Handle! Just Not Very Hard Episode 110

In this episode, we delve into our experiences in the Marine Corps and aviation tales, prompted by guest Dan of the excellent Danger Close Podcast. Subscribe to that show here: Danger Close Reflecting on how military service shaped us, we share stories of fallen comrades, challenges faced in emergencies, and the unique focus of the Danger Close podcast on war films. From Marine Corps values and leadership qualities to aviation missions […]

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Danger Close Podcast

We’re Not Ready You Idiot Episode 109

This week on “So There I Was,” join hosts Fig & RePete and special guest Dan from the “Danger Close Podcast” as they embark on a thrilling exploration of a Marine Air Traffic Controller’s life turned podcaster. Experience firsthand the intense challenges of boot camp and the critical responsibilities within an Air Traffic Control Tower where every decision is crucial. In this special collaboration episode, we delve into the gripping […]

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News 12 Meteorologist Bill Korbel

It’s a Lot Like Yesterday Episode 108

Join us on this week’s episode where we sit down with Bill “The Weatherguy” Korbell, a man who’s forecasted everything from monsoons in Thailand to the less-than-perfect day for a presidential flight. Starting off his career in the sweltering heat of 1960s Thailand with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bill was the go-to meteorologist briefing for Operation Bolo, which aimed to outsmart the nimble NV MiG 21s that were giving […]

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Hangar 4 Book Cover

Bad-Assery & Jack-Assery Episode 107

Join us this week for an engaging conversation with Isaac G. Lee, author of “Hangar 4.” This groundbreaking book is the first to detail the Marine Corps’ CH-53E “Super Stallion” operations during Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Known by his call sign “Whisky,” Lee provides a fascinating look at his illustrious career. His journey begins in Quantico’s dense forests and progresses to leading a CH-53 squadron. His experiences are detailed […]

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