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The Fighter Pilot Podcast

Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello, Retired US Navy Fighter Pilot
146 episodes

The Fighter Pilot Podcast explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and most importantly--the people. Each episode features a guest who helps explain the topic at hand such as how ejection seats work or what it's like to fly on and off nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Strap in and hang on for this incredible show! If you love the roar of a high-speed flyby or are enamored by the poise and confidence of the brave men and women who pilot these aircraft, then this show is for you!

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

FPP111 - F-111

Here on the FPP, most aircraft series episodes featuring U.S.-designed warplanes have two-part titles comprised of the aircraft's designation and name, like the recent F-106 Delta Dart or forthcoming P-51 Mustang. So what's up with episode 111? On this episode, we explore why the General Dynam…

Memories of a Moonbird Podcast Replay

Fighter Pilot Podcast founder and host Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello was recently a guest on the Memories of a Moonbird podcast, hosted by Daniel Scherl. For those who remark that we learn plenty about FPP guests but don't know very much about Jell-O, here's your chance! Support this podcast at — http…

FPP110 - Avro Lancaster

What do you do when it's not Bomber Month but you have an amazing, single-piloted, four-engine World War II bomber to discuss? You call on your Warbird expert, 'Boat'! On this episode, Mr. Leon Evans joins cohost Trevor Boswell to explain the oft overshadowed Avro Lancaster. Designed in England and…

FPP109 - DARPA

The Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik was a shock to the West. As a result, U.S. leaders vowed that, from that time forward, the U.S. would be the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises. From that decree came the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or what is…

From Phantoms to Warthogs with "Smokey"

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Steve "Smokey" Ladd stops by the show via Zoom to discuss his memoir, From F-4 Phantoms to A-10 Warthogs . Enter to win a free copy of this book here . Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Intermission - Listener Questions with "Boat"

We're taking a pause from our normal routine to catch up on podcast happenings and clear out the listener question bag. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

FPP108 - P-38 Lightning

The 'Warbird Series’ opens with a discussion on the iconic Lockheed P-38 Lightning . Designed by the legendary Kelly Johnson , the Lightning was the only two-engine, propeller-driven pursuit fighter of World War II, and former U.S. Air Force Captain, and WWII veteran, Marshall Hannah joins us t…

How to Train for the 'High-End Fight,' with Cubic

Advanced systems such as the Chengdu J-20 and "double digit" SAMs like the S-400 (SA-21) are formidable foes. So how do Western forces train to oppose such threats? That is not an easy question to answer because many of our threat replicators are simply not advanced enough, and our training ranges …

FPP107 - The Law of Armed Conflict

It is said that warfare is simply diplomacy by other means. As such, nation-states agree to various customs and laws to govern warfare in an effort to minimize destruction, avoid targeting non-combatants, and maintain other humanitarian and worthwhile practices. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy …

TOPGUN: 50 Years of Excellence with Brad Elward

Author Brad Elward shares details of his latest book, TOPGUN, The Navy Fighter Weapons School: Fifty Years of Excellence , which offers a unique illustrated history of this iconic institution and is a precursor to Brad's 700-page authoritative history on the school, due out later this year. Enter…

Taking Aviation Photography to the Next Level with Rich Cooper

What does a world-renowned, award-winning aviation photographer do when COVID decimates his aviation photography travel company? He reimagines his business and turns to the web to help other photographers be their best. UK-based Rich Cooper first picked up a camera at age 7 and had one of his pho…

FPP106 - F-106 Delta Dart

The 'Century Series' concludes with a look at the Convair F-106 Delta Dart. Retired U.S. Air Force Major Bruce Gordon joins us—not as cohost this time but as the star of the discussion on the big brother to the F-102 Delta Dagger that served well into the late 80's. Single engine, mach 2-capabl…

FPP105 - F-105 Thunderchief

The 'Century Series' nears the end but not before an in-depth look at the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. Cohost Trevor 'Boat' Boswell takes the lead on this episode, joined by retired U.S. Air Force Colonel John Morrissey for a discussion on the Vietnam-era fighter-bomber that earned the nickname "…

FPP104 - F-104 Starfighter

The 'Century Series' speeds by with a discussion on the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter , a mach 2-capable interceptor designed by the legendary Kelly Johnson . Former Canadian Armed Forces Captain Rob "Flecko" Fleck joins us to explore this distinctly shaped Cold War fighter with guest cohost Bruce …

FPP103 - F-100 Super Sabre

Since there was no F-103 to speak of and we spent episode 100 congratulating ourselves, the 'Century Series' continues this week with a discussion on the North American F-100 Super Sabre. Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Richard Goddard joins cohost Trevor Boswell at the Museum of Aviation …

Advanced Training Instrumentation Pods

TACTS, TCTS, ACMI, P5,... whatever you call them, instrumentation pods are vital components in air combat training. Normally mounted externally, these pods allow real time range control and threat simulation, followed by mission replay for a high-fidelity debrief. On this bonus episode, retired U.S…

FPP102 - F-102 Delta Dagger

The 'Century Series' continues with a discussion on the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger . Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ray Janes joins guest cohost Bruce Gordon to discuss this humble early 50's-designed interceptor that was the foundation of the more widely-known F-106 Delta Dart. Lis…

FPP101 - F-101 Voodoo

The 'Century Series' kicks off this week with a discussion on the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo. Retired Royal Canadian Air Force Major John "Stace" Stacey joins guest cohost Bruce Gordon to discuss this late 1940's-designed interceptor that was once equipped with nuclear-tipped air-to-air missiles …

Intermission - 'Happy Hour' Discussion with Bruce Gordon

It was a busy holiday season and we want to introduce everyone to former USAF fighter pilot Bruce Gordon since he'll be back to help with the coming Century Series episodes. So enjoy this audio replay of our late-November Happy Hour discussion and we'll be back on the 14th for episode 101 on th…

FPP100 - 100th Episode Celebration!

Most of us, most of the time, focus our energies on where we're going and rarely, if ever, pause to consider where we've been. Not so on this episode of the Fighter Pilot Podcast—it's our 100th! And so we're taking a look back at some of our greatest moments during our three years in show biz. That…

Here Comes Santa Claus!

The Canadian and American forces of NORAD , or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, spend 24/7/365 monitoring the airspace of our two countries--and indeed most of the world--to ensure threats to our two nations are identified and managed. But not everything that enters our airspace is a …

Intermission - The REAL "Only Man to Down 3 Enemy Planes in the last 40 Years"

We're taking a break this week and instead replaying portions of our summer 2020 Happy Hour discussion with retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez, the real "only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years" ( come on, Ed Harris, pfft .) The full video discussion ca…

FPP099 - E-2 Hawkeye

Situational awareness is a precious commodity, especially in armed conflict where the 'fog of war' invariably confuses and distracts commanders. Dedicated aerial platforms are vital to collecting the information needed to ensure warfighters have as accurate a sense of the real world as possible. Fo…

The Fighter Pilot Podcast

Welcome to the Fighter Pilot Podcast! This trailer describes the show: who it's from, who it's for, and what it's all about. Be sure to check out our website and for exclusive content, check out our Patreon Page . Got a question for the show or want to advertise with us? Send us an email: questi…

FPP098 - B-25 Mitchell

Bomber Month concludes with the North American B-25 Mitchell. This week, Larry Kelley discusses the World War II bomber that was the first to strike the Japanese homeland in the infamous Doolittle Raid of April 1942. Mr. Kelley describes all the usual 'aircraft series' topics and what it took to…

Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition Update

Former U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight leaders Captains Ryan "Guido" Bernacchi and Eric "Popeye" Doyle join Fighter Pilot Podcast host Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello for a discussion on the team's transition to the Boeing F/A-18E and F-model Super Hornets following 34 consecutive years flying the F/A-18A-D H…

FPP097 - Avro Vulcan

Bomber Month marches on with our first foreign bomber to be featured: the Avro Vulcan . This week, retired Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Martin Withers joins us to discuss this British Cold War-era strategic bomber that found notoriety for a long-range strike on an enemy airfield in the ope…

FPP096 - B-29 Superfortress

Here on the Fighter Pilot Podcast it’s once again Bomber Month ! First up this year is the venerable Boeing B-29 Superfortress and joining us is Allen Benzing of the Commemorative Air Force B-29 / B-24 Squadron based in Dallas, Texas. Once an enlisted U.S. Air Force airman, Al worked his way…

FPP095 - Surface-to-Air Threats: SAMs

Surface-to-air missiles, or SAMs, are sometimes also called "flying telephone poles" because of their sheer size. ...whatever you call them, these deadly weapons are widely proliferated and credited with downing hundreds of allied aircraft since their first widespread use during the Vietnam conflic…

Hogs in the Sand with "Buck"

Buck Wyndham was a junior Air Force pilot when Operation Desert Storm kicked off in early 1991. Learn of his harrowing missions which are chronicled in his new book Hogs in the Sand . Enter for a free chance to win one of two autographed copies of the book here . Advertising Inquiries: https://r…