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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.

    #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
    #014 - USAF U2 Pilot Mike "Mongo" Ryan

    #014 - USAF U2 Pilot Mike "Mongo" Ryan

    "Mongo" has to wear a space suit in his office to keep his blood from "boiling."  Let that sink in for minute.  "Mongo" walks us through his aviation journey and more importantly what it is like to fly on the edge of space in a U-2 Spy Plane. 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

A/c Sooty John Luke ,

Fabulous

If you want to listen to how to achieve your goals, work under pressure. Be part of a team then listen to these pod casts the host knows how to get the most from his guests.

jonnym57 ,

Great job

Just finished listening to both podcasts and I found the content fascinating and well produced its a good balance of technical and factual narrative and well delivered keep up the good work

Yp1701 ,

Constructive feedback

Hi John - your content is great however I’ve got a a couple of points that I’d like you to take into to consideration.

A) the audience your attracting (or trying to)
B) tailoring the questions you ask your guest towards the interest of that audience

Just as an example I found your pod cast through suggestions from the Apple Pod cast as I already subscribe to the “Fighter Pilot Pod Cast” and “Air Crew Interview “.

My interest is Military Aviation and I want to know more about the aircraft and it’s employment and capabilities in the field

I’ve just listened to Bond and his interview which was good and interesting, the questions and his responses were more about his life experiences (which was good), but I wanted to learn more about the F22 Raptor and the Tornado aircraft which was only just touched upon in the interview.

That said the content was good but not really what I thought I’d subscribed for.

I hope you find this constructive feedback (not a criticism). Just giving you feed back

I do think you have some great content and I’ll continue to listen anyways.

It would be great to hear more about your experience in the F16C as I’m flying this (as a Sim Pilot) in DCS.

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