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Interviews and anecdotes from military pilots and aircrew from across the globe. As the rule says, so long as it's 10 percent true, you're allowed to tell the story! Head over to the 10 Percent True YouTube channel to listen and watch at the same time.

10 Percent True - Tales from the Cockpit Steve Davies

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Interviews and anecdotes from military pilots and aircrew from across the globe. As the rule says, so long as it's 10 percent true, you're allowed to tell the story! Head over to the 10 Percent True YouTube channel to listen and watch at the same time.

    Flying the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Denny Jarvi (Part 4)

    Flying the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Denny Jarvi (Part 4)

    Flying the Lockheed F-104G/S Starfighter - Denny Jarvi (Part 4)

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    10PCT #24: Dennis Jarvi, Part 4.

    00:00:00 Introduction    
    00:02:20 Luke AFB & F-104 Fighter Weapons School 
    00:07:19 F-104 Fundamentals    
    00:10:55 F-104 Design Philosophy   
    00:14:01 F-104G Differences    
    00:15:27 F-104S Differences    
    00:17:02 AIM-7 Sparrow     
    00:18:36 A-Scope vs. B-Scope    
    00:21:07 Where'd you put the fuel?   
    00:24:59 F-104 Handling Qualities   
    00:28:52 Arizona's Blue Skies    
    00:30:45 Advanced Syllabus and the FWS  
    00:36:11 Slashing Attacks    
    00:37:52 Aggressor Roadshows    
    00:40:39 Pitch Up Training     
    00:42:51 Landing Fears     
    00:46:21 Frying Eggs     
    00:47:47 German Air Force Reflections   
    00:51:10 Nuclear ORI    
    00:55:37 Steve's Mic Falls Over: Acts Cool   
    00:56:12 F-104 Nuclear Role    
    01:03:47 Challenges of rhe Nuclear Strike Mission 
    01:08:06 Radar Interpretation    
    01:10:44 Nuclear Weapon Release Profile  
    01:13:46 Reflections on the Tour   
    01:15:51 All-Time Favourite?
    01:22:14 The End of a Career    
    01:29:10 Did/Do you miss Flying?   
    01:33:03 If you could Fly one Flight Again...
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    Flying the F-105 Wild Weasel over Vietnam - Ekman, Fisher, Schleich, Metz and Johnson

    Flying the F-105 Wild Weasel over Vietnam - Ekman, Fisher, Schleich, Metz and Johnson

    F-105 Wild Weasels over Vietnam: 1972. With Lucky Ekman, Fred Schleich, ET Johnson, Fish Fisher and Paul Metz.

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    It was a huge privilege for me to interview Fish, Lucky, Paul, ET and Fred, so thank you to them all for giving up their time. This interview took a long time to set up – more than six months – but would not have happened at all had it not been for Fred, and then Lucky, who convinced the others to join.

    00:00:00 Introduction  
    00:07:53 Wild Wesel Beginnings - 1965 
    00:14:27 Iron Hand    
    00:15:59 1966 - The Threat   
    00:17:52 1966-1972 Learnings  
    00:20:28 F-105 Vulnerabilities  
    00:22:54 YGBSM     
    00:30:14 Pilot-Bear Pairings  
    00:34:16 Hard Crewi ng   
    00:38:39 Crew Coordination   
    00:46:27 EWO 101     
    00:50:17 Shrike or StandardARM?  
    00:56:18 Kill or suppress?   
    00:58:42 Russian Advisors   
    01:00:32 The birth of Hunter-Killer Teams
    01:02:05 SAM Tactics    
    01:17:07 Intelligence Capabilities 
    01:22:51 Night flying   
    01:33:46 SAM Evasion    
    01:39:27 WW Tactics    
    01:42:07 ECM Tactics    
    01:45:28 The Enemy    
    01:49:09 The Numbers Game   
    01:49:54 A mission that haunts  
    01:57:51 PTSD    
    02:05:48 Lessons Learned   
    02:11:56 Modern SAMs    
    02:16:01 F-15EX    
    02:18:37 "Why?"
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    Flying the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-101B Voodoo - Denny Jarvi (Part 3)

    Flying the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-101B Voodoo - Denny Jarvi (Part 3)

    Flying the F-102A Delta Dagger and F-101B Voodoo - Denny Jarvi (Part 3)

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    10PCT #24: Dennis Jarvi, Part 3.

    00:00:00 Introduction    
    00:01:57 Air Defence Command   
    00:05:32 AIM-26 Genie Nuclear Missile  
    00:13:27 The Area Rule    
    00:15:28 GCI and Pressure Breathing  
    00:18:02 Intercept Profiles   
    00:19:44 F-102 FFAR    
    00:22:24 AIM-4D Falcon      
    00:24:17 The Soviet Numbers Game  
    00:28:47 F-102 Reflections    
    00:37:34 Wing Loading Explained   
    00:39:07 F-101B Reflections   
    00:42:02 Pilot Workload    
    00:47:19 F-101 Pitch Up Characteristic
    00:55:01 Favourite Century Series Fighter
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    TACIT BLUE BSAX - Denny Jarvi (Part 2)

    TACIT BLUE BSAX - Denny Jarvi (Part 2)

    TACIT BLUE programme director, Denny Jarvi, reflects on the time he spent working on the top secret programme. 

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    10PCT #24: Dennis Jarvi, Part 2.

    00:00:00 Introduction   
    00:01:46 By-Name Request into TACIT BLUE
    00:04:31 Entering the Black World 
    00:06:53 TACIT BLUE Origins  
    00:15:11 Compartmentalisation  
    00:18:39 TACIT BLUE Challenges
    00:20:51 Radar Cross Section    
    00:22:30 Initial Impressions  
    00:24:37 Who operated TACIT BLUE? 
    00:27:08 Executive Sponsors  
    00:30:35 Visual Spectrum Challenges 
    00:34:03 LPI Radar and Ground Target  
    00:38:25 IR Signature Control  
    00:40:24 Acoustic Signature   
    00:42:17 Key Challenges   
    00:46:03 Follow On Plans   
    00:46:45 Cancellation of TACIT BLUE 
    00:52:09 TACIT BLUE Cover Story  
    00:56:28 Final Reflections   
    01:03:17 AMAs
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Wild Weasel over Vietnam - Ben Fuller on Flying the F-105F

    Wild Weasel over Vietnam - Ben Fuller on Flying the F-105F

    Flying the Wild Weasel F-105 over Vietnam and the story of the first WW Thud crews. 

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    10 Percent True #23.

    Ben Fuller recalls his experiences as one of the early F-105F Wild Weasel pilots, and recounts the tactics, weapons, sensors, threats and missions that he flew, including the mission on which he led four F-105s against an SA-2 site and lost two wingmen (including Medal of Honor recipient, Leo Thorsness) to a MiG ambush. 

    Chapters:

    00:00:00 Introduction   
    00:01:43 Getting into the Wild Weasel Business
    00:11:40 WW Beginnings    
    00:16:47 Build Up to Vietnam   
    00:18:34 Flying the F-105D in Europe / Preparing for SEA 
    00:24:08 F-105F Training    
    00:26:40 F-105F WW Technical Description 
    00:36:41 Anti Radiation Missiles   
    00:42:14 Finding SAM Sites - WW Tactics 
    00:44:04 AGM-45 Employment    
    00:48:26 SAM Site Tactics    
    00:52:49 Visual Detection of SAM Sites 
    00:57:50 Trolling for SAMs    
    00:59:18 Visually Acquiring SA-2 In Flight 
    01:01:50 First Combat Mission   
    01:08:11 Surviving 100 Missions   
    01:10:20 High Calibre AAA     
    01:12:33 From Hunter-Killer to SAM Suppression
    01:19:22 Ben's Wife Prompts a Short Interlude
    01:19:42 Back to Talking About Getting Gas 
    01:20:57 April 30 1967 - Double Shootdown 
    01:36:10 Treachery and Political Interference
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Flying the F-105 Thud in Vietnam - Dennis Jarvi (Part 1)

    Flying the F-105 Thud in Vietnam - Dennis Jarvi (Part 1)

    Flying the Republic F-105D Thunderchief in Vietnam.

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    10PCT #24: Dennis Jarvi, Part 1.

    00:00:00 Introduction    
    00:00:51 Denny's Introduction    
    00:07:18 ADC to TAC - F-12/F-101 to F-105  
    00:11:51 Dog fighting the F-105    
    00:13:13 F-105 Strengths 
    00:16:06 F-105 Range 
    00:17:15 Change of Tactics - Pod Formation  
    00:18:57 F-105 Checkout    
    00:22:20 Getting the Job Done    
    00:25:05 Staying Focused    
    00:27:51 Leadership and Bar Talk   
    00:31:03 Looking for Truck Parks   
    00:32:37 Challenges of the Mission   
    00:37:03 60 vs 45 Degree Delivery 
    00:39:24 Egress    
    00:40:30 Dodging SAMs    
    00:46:28 SAM Operator Tactics     
    00:49:03 RWR 
    00:52:22 AAA    
    00:55:24 MSQ Sites - Sky Spot    
    00:56:20 Survivability    
    01:00:42 Route Pack System    
    01:02:59 Counters and 100 Missions   
    01:07:26 Squadron Morale    
    01:12:30 Paul Doumer Bridge and Other Missions 
    01:17:02 MiGs    
    01:23:57 ATOLL Threat    
    01:26:09 End of Tour Reflections
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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

Londonist39 ,

Simply Fantastic

Exquisitely hosted and always great interviews , keep it up

Moosey47 ,

The best of the best.

Steve always finds the best guests and his interviews are always insightful and interesting.

This podcast is an utter gem, littered with pure gold as told by the crews themselves.
(BC Thomas and Kluso Tolini interviews are required “reading”).

Long may it continue and thanks.

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