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28: Beverly Weintraub - Women Naval Aviators
After WW2, women were not allowed to fly in military aviation roles, until things changed in the 1970s. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Beverly Weintraub tells up about the story of six women Naval aviators from her book: Wings of Gold: he Story of the First Women Naval Aviators from Lyons Press
27: Fred Haise - Never Panic Early
Fred Haise was on Apollo 13, flew the space shuttle Enterprise, and had an extensive military aviation career. In this episode he joins us for a deep dive into all of those experiences and reveals how he is able to keep calm in tough situations and not panic. That's the subject of his new book, 'Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut's Journey,' from Smithsonian Books.
26: Teasel Muir-Harmony - The Apollo Program in Global Politics
The Apollo program, including the moon landing, is one of the most famous events in world history, and one of the most inspirational. Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, joins us to re-evaluate Apollo and look at its political dimensions across the world. She is the author of Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo, from Basic Books.
25: Colonel Merryl Tengesdal - Through the Stratosphere in the U-2 and in Life
Colonel Merryl Tengesdal flew helicopters in the US Navy before transferring to the US Air Force to become the first (and so far, only) African American woman to fly the U-2. She tells us the fascinating story of her career, what it's like to fly an aircraft on the edge of space, and drops some inspirational advice along the way.
24: Kevin Hall - The Lynching of American Airmen in Nazi Germany
During WW2, many allied air crews were shot down in Europe. Some escaped, some were captured, but many others became victims of Lynchjustiz (lynch justice). These lynchings were committed not just by Nazi officials, but civilians as well, as Nazi propaganda emphasized the air war. Author Dr. Kevin T. Hall joins us for a look at this difficult topic.
23: Michael Hankins - The F-15 and F-16: Fighter Pilot Culture and Technology
Our own co-host Michael Hankins goes into the hot seat to talk about his new book, Flying Camelot: The F-15, the F-16, and the Weaponization of Fighter Pilot Nostalgia, from Cornell University Press. We look at the development process of the Eagle and the Fighting Falcon, talk about the elements of fighter pilot culture, and the ever-controversial Col. John Boyd.