Captain Nick Anderson, aka The Old Pilot, takes us on an aviation audio journey each week on the Airline Pilot Guy Aviation Podcast
The Secret Life of 60528
Back in 1997, on a sliver of land wedged between a gas station and a car park, a lone C130 Hercules could be found. It was mounted there near the entrance to the National Security Agency at Fort Mead in Maryland for a good reason. Not the original aircraft, as that crashed on foreign soil, it had been painted with the tail number 60528 to represent it.
The memorial to the crew of 60528
The C130 airborne
The plot of 60528 and the track of the intercepting fighters.
A Mig 17
Gun camera film from the attacking Mig17s
Gun camera film from an attacking Mig 17 showing the C130 in flames
The crash site of 60528
A USN Neptune
An RAF Lincoln
The U2 spy plane
The memorial to the crew of the C130
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the NSA, Soviet Defence Archives, 1Lt Kucharyaev, Soviet Air Force, Kirill Pisman, Adam Jones, Garry Goebel, RIA Novosti archive and IP Singh.
Names To Conjure With
If you are anything like the usual aviation enthusiast you’ll have a list of famous names in your head that you can quote at parties to bore your friends like, Wilbur and Orville, Bleriot, Richthofen, Lindbergh, Sikorsky, Whittle, Yeager and such but I wonder if you can place some of the others who deserve recognition.
Hans Von Ohain
Ohain's HeS8 jet engine
Olive-Ann and TravelAir
Doolittle and the Mystery Ship
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the USAF, the Air Force Research Lab, Embryriddle, RAF/IWM, SDASM, Flugkerl2, BAC, NASA, Museums Victoria,
The Son of Enola Tibbets
He is dead now but you’ll find no stone to mark his grave since he has neither grave nor marker, which is a little odd for a much decorated American hero who fought for his country with outstanding bravery... but it was his wish and his family accepted that.
The Trinity Test tower
The world's first atomic bomb just prior to the Trinity Test
The Trinity Test fireball
The mission map
Hiroshima just after detonation
The Hiroshima Damage estimation map
Enola Gay returns
Tibbits in Enola Gay
Tibbits is decorated by Gen Spaatz
Enola Gay in the Udvar Hazy
Paul W Tibbits
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the USAF, US Gov, Project Alberta, Mr98, Berlyn Brixner, US Gov DOD, Jack W Aeby, United States Department of Energy, George R Caron, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, Armen Shamlian and elliottwolf.
In 1941 the German Navy commissioned its latest submarine, the U-134 and as it slid out of harbour to join the 5th U boat flotilla, Captain-Lieutenant Rudolf Schendel keenly anticipated the mission ahead. You may be wondering why this Type 7C U Boat should feature in a Plane Tale but bear with me as I introduce the K-74. Built a year after the U-134, the K 74 came from a company with an interesting origin, the Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation. This is their intriguing story.
The Type VIIc U-Boat
One of the few U Boats to survive the war.
Zeppelins over London
A British recruitment poster
The Goodyear Zeppelin Airdock
The Airdock interior
The Goodyear K Class blimp
K-Class blimp arrives in Gibraltar
The U-134's last patrol
The U-134 survives an attack
A K-Class on patrol
Attack report of the engagement between K-74 and U134
A K-Class is loaded with Depth Charges
The K-Class crew man their gun
HMS Rother finally sinks U-134 with all hands
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to NSA, UK National Archives, Darkone, US Library of Congress, the Goodyear Zeppelin company, USN, Grossnick Roy A, Royal Navy and the US Naval Institute.
Who Killed Yogi Bear?
The ejector seat is still a subject of fascination for a lot of pilots, mainly those who have never been strapped to one. It’s often the opinion of folk not part of the small fast jet community that an ejection is a simple matter, you just pull the handle and ‘boom’ you’re safe.
The B58 Hustler
An ejector seat from the B-58 Hustler
Smarter than the average bear!
North American Aviation test pilot George Smith.
Vought A-7E-5-CV Corsair II
The USS Constellation during her 1964–1965 WESTPAC cruise
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to J Clear, USAF, USAF National Air Museum, US Navy archives, US Gov, Hanna-Barbera and Robert L. Lawson.
The Rare Redhawk
On April the 1st 2011, a little known story of intrigue and tension within the usually calm and placid country of Canada came to light. This little known affair which brought the United States and Canada to a breaking point revolved around the purchase of an unusual Fighter for the RCAF. This drama of the 1960s has become notorious in government circles and is variously referred to as, “The Stab in the Back-yard”, “The Fishbed Flap” “The Redhawk Incident” or more ominously “The Canuck Invasion Crisis”.
The Arrow is rolled out.
The Arrow is cancelled and cut up into scrap.
Scrapped portions of the Avro Arrow.
The Mig 21.
The first Canadian CF-121, Redhawk.
441 Sqn, the Stratocasters, are reformed with their Migs.
441 Sqn deploy to their new home in Cold Lake.
The first Redhawk is lost.
A grainy photograph reveals the truth!
The story is out.
Little evidence remains of the CF-121 Redhawk.
The old Cold Lake gate guard.
The truth is finally revealed.
Images published under Creative Commons licence with many thanks to parfaits, the Government of Canada and the amazing Vintage Wings of Canada.
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A well presented and well narrated podcast on all things on aviation. Capt. Nick Anderson will keep you glued to every podcast as he beautifully narrates in his well spoken voice on a wide variety of aviation topics.
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