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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

1:05:17 | Jul 22nd

A look at the venerable McDonnell fighter bomber with a pilot and RIO who flew it for more than 5,000 hours combined.

1:21:26 | Jul 8th

A detailed look at the 60's-era spy plane that still holds several absolute speed and altitude records with Brian Shul, best known for his infamous "ground speed" story.
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1:23:57 | Jun 24th

A look at a Vietnam-era supersonic jet best known as the "last of the gunfighters."

57:09 | Jun 12th

We're taking a pause this week and replaying co-host Sunshine's recent two-part appearance on Aircrew Interviews, a YouTube channel aviation show.

1:10:47 | Jun 2nd

A look at the massive maintenance effort required to keep a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier functional and up-to-date.

1:09:14 | May 22nd

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

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.'

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.

1:26:30 | Apr 22nd

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

1:25:04 | Apr 12th

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

1:06:13 | Apr 2nd

A pause in our regular programming to answer listener questions.

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.

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.

1:00:10 | Mar 2nd

A look at the French Air Force and Navy's premiere fighter—the Dassault Rafale.

1:05:24 | Feb 22nd

A look at the various Sikorsky H-60 helicopters.

1:00:31 | Feb 2nd

A discussion on the Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking.

57:19 | Jan 22nd

A look at the Boeing F/A-18A-D Hornet and E/F Super Hornet.

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.

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.

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.

53:42 | Dec 21st, 2018

An intimate look at arguably the most difficult job in the military: the Navy spouse.

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.

1:06:41 | Dec 1st, 2018

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

1:17:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

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

58:35 | Nov 11th, 2018

A look at the various chaff, flares, and other decoys military aircraft dispense for self-protection.

21:05 | Nov 1st, 2018

A replay of the September 28 Facebook live discussion with retired US Navy Captain Kevin "Hozer" Miller.

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.

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.

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.

46:51 | Sep 26th, 2018

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

1:04:59 | Sep 21st, 2018

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

28:46 | Sep 11th, 2018

An intermission episode featuring highlights from the 2018 Tailhook Convention and Reunion in Reno, NV.

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.

1:11:50 | Aug 21st, 2018

A discussion on how helicopters fly, how to fly them, and their typical military roles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1:17:16 | Jul 1st, 2018

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

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.

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.

1:01:19 | Jun 6th, 2018

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

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.

1:00:10 | May 21st, 2018

A discussion on night carrier arrival and landing procedures.

52:41 | May 11th, 2018

The continuation and conclusion of a discussion on landing high-performance jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers in the daytime.

55:07 | May 1st, 2018

A discussion of the procedures and equipment involved in a daytime landing on an aircraft carrier.

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.

58:50 | Apr 11th, 2018

A look inside the nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier--the largest, most lethal warship ever created.

58:40 | Apr 1st, 2018

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

54:48 | Mar 21st, 2018

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

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

53:14 | Mar 1st, 2018

A look at the naming conventions used on US, European, Russian, and Chinese warplanes.

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.

58:35 | Feb 11th, 2018

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

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.

1:01:32 | Jan 21st, 2018

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

52:50 | Jan 10th, 2018

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

30:34 | Jan 4th, 2018

A discussion of the nicknames pilots assign each other and use in lieu of actual names and military rank.

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.

05:10 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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