U-2 Shadow on Spy Balloon

Flying the “B-one” Episode 106

This week buckle up with Grease as he takes us on a high-flying journey through his storied aviation career. From zipping across skies in sleek Saber-Liners and Lear Jets to commanding the formidable B-1 Bomber and the elusive U-2, Grease has done it all. He dives into the thrilling early days of the B-1 and reveals the sky-high challenges of piloting the U-2—like pre-breathing oxygen just to sidestep the bends […]

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Halfway Around the World in 40 Days!

Halfway Around the World in 40 Days Episode 105

This week’s guest, KK, hails from East Germany—back when the Berlin Wall was more than just a memory. Believe it or not, flying was nowhere on her radar until one fateful birthday in her 40s when she was gifted a sightseeing flight that quite literally propelled her into the skies. From the second that engine roared to life, KK was smitten. She wasn’t just hooked—she was lassoed by the thrill […]

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Pilot in single seat attack jet (Harrier) with another Harrier on his right wing

Coming Down Like a Gun Safe with a Lot of Guns Episode 104

Disco joins us to share tales from his thrilling experiences—from his days at OCS to piloting the AV-8B Harrier during the Gulf War and teaching both students and instructors in the Harrier Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). With his vivid storytelling, sharp wit, and infectious humor, Disco’s narratives will leave you clutching your sides in laughter. His legendary pranks, executed fearlessly on anyone, are just as memorable. If he hadn’t succeeded […]

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What's Your Call Sign? Book Cover

What’s Your Call Sign? Episode 103

Note: Don’t miss out on even more laughs! Head over to https://sothereiwas.us/patreon to join and hear two additional hilarious call sign stories not included here! In this wild episode of our podcast, we dive into the wild and whimsical world of naval aviation call signs with Lobo, the famed author of “What’s Your Call Sign?: The Hilarious Stories behind a Naval Aviation Tradition” Prepare to chuckle, gasp and sometimes howl […]

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Book: Warplane - How the Military Reformers Birthed the A-10 Warthog

Warplane Episode 102

Buckle up for a jaunt through the skies with the dynamic duo Fig & RePete, known to the world as “Co-Horsts,” as they prepare to take you on a slightly less than ordinary flight with Professor Hal Sundt. He’s not just any guest; he’s the mind behind “Warplane: How the Military Reformers Birthed the A-10 Warthog,” and he’s about to drop some knowledge bombs about Pierre Sprey, the visionary behind […]

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F-15 In the Vertical Climb

Fun in the Mach Loop Episode 101

Episode 101 of our show, “Fun in the Mach Loop,” promises a whirlwind of tales with our guest, “Sniper,” affectionately also known as “Divot,” a seasoned F-15 Strike Eagle pilot whose exploits in the skies are as thrilling as they are enlightening. From the nail-biting tension of being shadowed by French Mirages without diplomatic clearance to a dramatic engine failure over the North Sea, Sniper’s stories transport listeners into the […]

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Woody - Aircraft Commander C-130

MG NW SAK Episode 100

Welcome to So There I Was episode 100!!! This week’s title is short for, My Girlfriend, Now Wife, She’s a Keeper is a testament to persistence, love, and the unexpected journeys life can throw our way. In this episode, we delve into the remarkable story of Woody, who began his career in the skies as a load master. With every cargo secured and every flight a new lesson, his dreams […]

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Book Cover - The Pressure Cooker

Naïveté Was a Gift I Was Given Episode 99

Meet retired Marine Drill Instructor “JC,” the man who turned terrorizing into an art form for officer candidates dreaming of the skies! In his time, JC wasn’t just flying high as a Marine Plane Captain in an F-4 Phantom Squadron or mastering the systems as a Flight Engineer on the KC-130. Oh no, he was also the gatekeeper of dreams at the Navy’s Aviation Officers’ Candidate School in Pensacola. Imagine […]

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F-15 Strike Eagle Loaded for Combat

I Lived! Now I Gotta Do It Again Episode 98

YouTube Pilot Debrief channel creator, Hoover, joins us to talk about Flight School, Flying the F-15 Strike Eagle in Combat, How he got the callsign “Hoover” and his time as an exchange pilot flying F/A-18 Hornets with the Marines; inlcuding becoming “Carrier Qual’d” – one of the few Air Force pilots ever to do so! Don’t miss this great interview!

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Mooch Landing on the America with Otlichnyy, a Russian Sovremenny class destroyer off the port side.

I Saw the Ship’s Propellers Episode 97

In episode 97 of “So There I Was,” Mooch, a former F-14 Rio Extraordinaire, shared gripping aviation experiences from intercepting Iranian P3s to near collisions over Morocco. From Naval Academy training to missions aboard the USS Independence, Mooch’s journey showcased the camaraderie within the aviation community. The discussion included anecdotes of aerial refueling, humorous incidents in flight, and technological advancements in carrier aviation. The interview also delved into Mooch’s time […]

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