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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SH-60 Landing Shipboard at Night!

Hoka Hey Episode 96

Dive into an electrifying episode of So There I Was, where hosts, Fig, RePete, and Sticks, engage in a riveting conversation with the “Great Tuntini.” In this episode, Tuntini returns to share his experiences piloting helicopters and the evolution of them as weapon platforms in the US Navy, delving into the significant advancements the US Navy has made to enhance their effectiveness in this role. But that’s not all – […]

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B-24 Crew 1944, Italy

Into The Wild Blue Yonder

by Edwin “Rosie” Rossillon In Episode 95, we chatted with Rosie; member of the Greatest Generation. He wrote a short book about his experiences growing up in rural Kansas to flying as a nose turret gunner in the B-24 Liberator over southern Europe from his base in Italy during the second World War. He was reluctant to publish it; thinking no one would be interested, that perhaps it wasn’t good […]

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B-24 Liberator Making a Delivery

You Could Hear the Schrapnel Hit the Airplane Episode 95

This is an incredible week as our guest “Rosie” recalls his experiences growing up on a Kansas farm during the “Dust Bowl” years in the 1930s and going from austere beginnings to enlisting in the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday. Not wanting to be an infantryman, Rosie passed the tests necessary and convinced the medics to let him fly when it looked like they might ground him. After […]

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UH-1N In Antarctica

Fins on Pigs Episode 94

In this riotous saga, a quartet of RePete, Fig, Sticks, and the impossibly chill pilot Ice (who’s cooler than a yeti’s icebox) – embark on a whirlwind of sky-high shenanigans. Ice, a maestro of the skies, has tamed both SH-60 helicopters and UH-1s in realms chillier than a snowman’s handshake—yep, Antarctica. He unveils tales of aerial school antics, including how to auto-rotate and that jaw-dropping moment when SH-60 float bags […]

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