The Fighter Pilot Podcast

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

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...Show More
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FPP048 - Panavia Tornado

1:09:14 | May 22nd

A look at a tri-nation, multi-role fighter and interdictor aircraft.
FPP047 - A-6 Intruder

1:10:00 | May 12th

A look at a Vietnam-era, carrier-based medium attack plane immortalized by the guest's book, 'Flight of the Intruder.'
FPP046 - Blue Angels Transitions

1:16:40 | May 2nd

A discussion on the behind-the-scenes efforts required to transition the Blue Angels from the F/A-18A-D Hornet to the E/F Super Hornet.
FPP045 - F-16 Fighting Falcon

1:26:30 | Apr 22nd

A look at arguably the most prolific, effective, and fun-to-fly fighter of the modern jet age.
FPP044 - A-10 Thunderbolt ll

1:25:04 | Apr 12th

A look at the Fairchild Republic 'Warthog' and its fearsome 30mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon.
Intermission - Listener Questions

1:06:13 | Apr 2nd

A pause in our regular programming to answer listener questions.
FPP043 - F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger ll

1:14:53 | Mar 22nd

A look at the diminutive fighter perhaps best known for its role as the "MiG-28" in the hit movie, Top Gun.
FPP042 - F-14 Tomcat

1:24:59 | Mar 12th

An in-depth look at the Grumman F-14 Tomcat with a Navy pilot / RIO crew who once flew it.
FPP041 - Dassault Rafale

1:00:10 | Mar 2nd

A look at the French Air Force and Navy's premiere fighter—the Dassault Rafale.
FPP040 - H-60 (Black / Sea) Hawk

1:05:24 | Feb 22nd

A look at the various Sikorsky H-60 helicopters.
FPP038 - S-3 Viking

1:00:31 | Feb 2nd

A discussion on the Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking.
FPP037 - F/A-18 (Super) Hornet

57:19 | Jan 22nd

A look at the Boeing F/A-18A-D Hornet and E/F Super Hornet.
FPP036 - 4th vs 5th Gen Fighters

1:03:47 | Jan 12th

A look at the different generations of fighter aircraft with a specific look at the differences between 4th and 5th Gen fighters.
FPP035 - UFOs

1:09:31 | Jan 2nd

A discussion on UFOs and an alleged encounter by Navy aircraft over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico on November 14, 2004.
Bonus Episode - Year in Review

1:06:17 | Dec 31st, 2018

Join Vincent and special guest Rob Kibbe, host of The Musclecar Place, for an intimate look back at the Fighter Pilot Podcast’s first year and what’s coming in 2019.
FPP034 - The Home Front

53:42 | Dec 21st, 2018

An intimate look at arguably the most difficult job in the military: the Navy spouse.
FPP033 - The Wingman Foundation

55:55 | Dec 11th, 2018

A look at the organization that honors the sacrifices of our fallen air warriors and supports the families they've left behind.
FPP032 - Air-to-Air Missions

1:06:41 | Dec 1st, 2018

A discussion on the various offensive and defensive air-to-air missions flown by modern U.S. fighters.
FPP031 - Air Intercept Communications

1:17:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

A discussion on the communications that occurs between AIC and the fighters during air-to-air intercepts.
FPP030 - Expendables

58:35 | Nov 11th, 2018

A look at the various chaff, flares, and other decoys military aircraft dispense for self-protection.
Intermission - FB Live Discussion Replay

21:05 | Nov 1st, 2018

A replay of the September 28 Facebook live discussion with retired US Navy Captain Kevin "Hozer" Miller.
FPP029 - Fighter Pilots in Space

1:05:31 | Oct 21st, 2018

A discussion on why many astronauts were former fighter pilots, and what it's like to apply for, train for, and ultimately fly in space.
FPP028 - Air Combat Simulation Gaming

1:19:00 | Oct 11th, 2018

A discussion on the next best thing to actually flying a fighter: the various high-fidelity, incredibly accurate air combat simulation platforms available on the market today.
FPP027 - USS Midway Museum

59:21 | Oct 1st, 2018

A discussion on the USS Midway, from its namesake battle to the carrier's 50 years of service, to its current role as a museum in San Diego.
Bonus Episode - Facebook Live Listener Question Replay

46:51 | Sep 26th, 2018

A replay of the September 19 Facebook Live listener question session with episode 25 guest Mike "BS" Walsh.
FPP026 - The MAGTF

1:04:59 | Sep 21st, 2018

A look at the US Marine Corps' lethal fighting unit--the Marine Air Ground Task Force.
Intermission - Tailhook Reunion

28:46 | Sep 11th, 2018

An intermission episode featuring highlights from the 2018 Tailhook Convention and Reunion in Reno, NV.
FPP025 - Flight School (US Navy)

1:25:04 | Sep 1st, 2018

A look at the US Navy's flight school from after a student pilot is commissioned as an officer until completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, including locations, aircraft flown, and keys to success.
FPP024 - Helicopters!

1:11:50 | Aug 21st, 2018

A discussion on how helicopters fly, how to fly them, and their typical military roles.
FPP023 - The Distinguished Flying Cross

1:00:27 | Aug 11th, 2018

A discussion on the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Society that promotes the values embodied by the medal and its recipients.
FPP022 - Test Pilot School

1:06:16 | Aug 1st, 2018

A who-what-when-where-why and how discussion on the US Navy's Test Pilot School with our youngest guest yet.
FPP021 - The Real 'Viper'

55:25 | Jul 21st, 2018

A discussion on the shoot down of a North Vietnamese MiG-21 and the making of the movie Top Gun from the military adviser's vantage.
FPP020 - After the Cockpit

58:09 | Jul 11th, 2018

A discussion on the various career paths military aviators follow after leaving the service, and a look at the guest's two novels describing squadron life aboard a modern day aircraft carrier.
FPP019 - Air-to-Surface Weapons

1:17:16 | Jul 1st, 2018

A discussion on the air-to-surface munitions employed by US Navy combat aircraft.
FPP018 - Air-to-Air Weapons

1:09:59 | Jun 21st, 2018

A discussion on the missiles and gun systems US combat fighters employ to engage other aircraft in aerial combat.
FPP017 - Desert Storm MiG Kill

1:22:32 | Jun 11th, 2018

A discussion on life, death, war, and the downing of an Iraqi MiG-21 during Desert Storm in 1991.
Bonus Episode - FB Live Listener Question Replay

1:01:19 | Jun 6th, 2018

A replay of the June 5 Facebook Live listener question session with episode 5 guest Fitz "Dud" Lee.
FPP016 - The Airboss

1:03:56 | Jun 1st, 2018

A candid discussion with the seventh Commander, Naval Air Forces--the Vice Admiral responsible for the manning, training, and equipping of all US Navy aviation assets, including its fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
FPP015 - Night Carrier Landings

1:00:10 | May 21st, 2018

A discussion on night carrier arrival and landing procedures.
FPP014 - Day Carrier Landings (part 2)

52:41 | May 11th, 2018

The continuation and conclusion of a discussion on landing high-performance jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers in the daytime.
FPP013 - Day Carrier Landings (part 1)

55:07 | May 1st, 2018

A discussion of the procedures and equipment involved in a daytime landing on an aircraft carrier.
FPP012 - Aircraft Carriers (part 2)

49:06 | Apr 21st, 2018

A continuation of a discussion on American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, including flight deck jersey colors and catapult procedures and equipment.
FPP011 - Aircraft Carriers (part 1)

58:50 | Apr 11th, 2018

A look inside the nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier--the largest, most lethal warship ever created.
Intermission - FB Live Q&A Highlights

58:40 | Apr 1st, 2018

A replay of two recent Facebook Live question & answer sessions.
FPP010 - Maintenance

54:48 | Mar 21st, 2018

A look at the behind-the-scenes costs and maintenance efforts required to keep jet aircraft flying.
FPP009 - Vietnam Ace

56:27 | Mar 11th, 2018

A riveting talk and life lessons with the US Navy's youngest air combat ace and one of only two aces to emerge from the Vietnam conflict: Navy cross-, purple heart-, two-time silver star-, and ten-time air medal-winner Commander Bill "Willy D" Drisco...Show More
FPP008 - Aircraft Nomenclature

53:14 | Mar 1st, 2018

A look at the naming conventions used on US, European, Russian, and Chinese warplanes.
FPP007 - TOPGUN vs Top Gun

57:37 | Feb 21st, 2018

A comparison of the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School to the 1986 American romantic military action drama, Top Gun.
FPP006 - Pulling Gs

58:35 | Feb 11th, 2018

A discussion on how flying high-performance jet aircraft effects the human body.
FPP005 - Aerial Refueling

51:41 | Feb 1st, 2018

In this episode we discuss how and why aircraft refuel in flight, and which aircraft are capable of doing so.
FPP004 - Ejection Seats

1:01:32 | Jan 21st, 2018

An overview of ejection seats and the harrowing story of a life-saving ride on one.
FPP003 - Flight Clothing and Equipment

52:50 | Jan 10th, 2018

An in-depth look at the flight gear F/A-18 aircrews wear during flight.
FPP002 - Callsigns

30:34 | Jan 4th, 2018

A discussion of the nicknames pilots assign each other and use in lieu of actual names and military rank.
FPP001 - What is a 'Fighter Pilot'?

42:25 | Jan 3rd, 2018

A look at what a fighter pilot is (and is not), some traits characteristic of most fighter pilots, and the various paths to become one.
FPP000 - Introduction

05:10 | Jan 2nd, 2018

A brief overview of this new show, plus how and why it came about.