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Former U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot John “Rain” Waters hosts The Afterburn Podcast here on Warbird Radio. Be sure to subscribe and never miss a minute as “Rain” brings together people from various walks of life to tell their stories, their struggles, and what it took for them to achieve success!

About the Host:
John got his start flying a C-152 with a Texas tailwheel conversion during high school. His first flight was on September 10th, 2001. The events of the following day propelled him on a path to serve his country. John was fortunate to be able to serve his country and pursue his passion for aviation in the U.S. Air Force.

While in the Air Force John served as a T-6II First Assignment Instructor Pilot, an MC-12 (King Air 350) pilot and mission commander, and ultimately an F-16 pilot. During his time in the Air Force, John amassed over 2,700 flying hours. Over 960 combat hours conducting 128 combat missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. John’s final flying assignment in the Air Force was the commander and pilot for the Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demo team. During his time on the demo team, John flew over 300 demonstration sorties, across 50 show sites, in 5 countries.

John has traded in his 28,000 pound F-16 for a 766,000 pound Boeing 777 as he begins to pursue a career in civilian aviation. He continues to chase his passion for aviation in the general aviation community.

The Afterburn podcast John "Rain" Waters

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Former U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot John “Rain” Waters hosts The Afterburn Podcast here on Warbird Radio. Be sure to subscribe and never miss a minute as “Rain” brings together people from various walks of life to tell their stories, their struggles, and what it took for them to achieve success!

About the Host:
John got his start flying a C-152 with a Texas tailwheel conversion during high school. His first flight was on September 10th, 2001. The events of the following day propelled him on a path to serve his country. John was fortunate to be able to serve his country and pursue his passion for aviation in the U.S. Air Force.

While in the Air Force John served as a T-6II First Assignment Instructor Pilot, an MC-12 (King Air 350) pilot and mission commander, and ultimately an F-16 pilot. During his time in the Air Force, John amassed over 2,700 flying hours. Over 960 combat hours conducting 128 combat missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. John’s final flying assignment in the Air Force was the commander and pilot for the Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demo team. During his time on the demo team, John flew over 300 demonstration sorties, across 50 show sites, in 5 countries.

John has traded in his 28,000 pound F-16 for a 766,000 pound Boeing 777 as he begins to pursue a career in civilian aviation. He continues to chase his passion for aviation in the general aviation community.

    #018: U-2 Dragonlady Pilot: Lt Col (Ret) Jon "Huggy" Huggins

    #018: U-2 Dragonlady Pilot: Lt Col (Ret) Jon "Huggy" Huggins

    "Huggy" started flying the U-2 in 1989 and flew it for the majority of his Air Force career until his retirement.  Recently, he returned to fly U-2 as the USAF's first civilian instructor pilot to fly the high flying spy plane. 

    • 48 min
    #017 (Part 2) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting

    #017 (Part 2) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting

    Less than 30 days after his first Distinguished Flying Cross, "Shiner" was tasked to rescue two army pilots downed in enemy controlled territory.  During the initial insertion, his aircraft received enemy fire, striking his flight engineer.   Over the next five hours "Shiner" and his crew would work to recovery the pilots and conduct a total of eight approaches. 

    For his efforts "Shiner" was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses. 

    • 29 min
    #017 (Part 1) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting

    #017 (Part 1) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting

    "Shiner" is an HH-60 Air Force Pavehawk pilot, specializing in Combat Search and Rescue.  On March 29th, 2011 "Shiner" responded to an urgent evacuation of four critically wounded Soldiers.  While setting up for a hoist extraction his aircraft came under heavy effective enemy fire.  Rounds struck the main rotor, fuel tank, and number two engine.  With a loss of power "Shiner" executed a pedal turn and plummeted forty feet in an effort to gain airspeed and save the aircraft and seven crew members.  

    • 40 min
    #016 (Part 2) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond

    #016 (Part 2) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond

    On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries. They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire. They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours. Truly impressive story. For their actions they were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Donald Trump.

    • 38 min
    #016 (Part 1) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond

    #016 (Part 1) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond

    On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries.  They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire.   They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours.  Truly impressive story.  For their actions they were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Donald Trump. 

    • 52 min
    #015 USAF F-16 Instructor Pilot Mason "Flint" Locke

    #015 USAF F-16 Instructor Pilot Mason "Flint" Locke

    "Flint" teaches America's newest pilot training graduates how to fly the mighty Viper.  He instructs students on the multi-role missions of the F-16. 

    He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has flown the F-16 in three operational assignments.  He has over 50 combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

J Deva ,

Great military podcast!

Rain continues to raise the bar, finding real heroes, worthy of our admiration. Real bravery and skill on display in this podcast. Fills me with energy and determination to do better.

JoeCool378 ,

Astronomical Podcast!!

Always enjoyable to tune in and hear someones story!!!

CYYJ2011 ,

An Outstanding Podcast!

It really focuses on the human element, with an emphasis on details of the stories of events.

Great job, keep up the great work.

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