Flying is described as long periods of boredom interrupted by short intermittent periods of extreme terror. On the lessons from the podcast show, we debrief the most intriguing pilots, aircrew members, maintainers, and aviation enthusiasts from all over the world. We investigate the tactics, techniques, and procedures cultivated during extreme military, commercial, and private flight operations. Our exploration gives listeners practical advice on how the aviation world works and expands critical thinking expertise in the air and on the ground. Many of the stories are told here for the first time.
My Review of TOPGUN Maverick movie
Welcome to another episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast, episode number 30!
I'm asked several times a day "Have you seen the movie"... of course referring to TOPGUN Maverick. Of course I have, the opening night!
During this review, I talk about the Air Force's TOPGUN school, the US Air Force Weapons School based out of Nellis Air Force Base north of Las Vegas. Attendance to the Weapons School is by a competitive review board of each applicant. Often graduates or "Patch Wearers" as they are called get summoned to work complex military operations because of their planning and leadership skills. The scenario of the movie is not as far-fetched as you might think and I give some examples of planning missions, why planners chose a course of action, and some historical operations to strike and destroy nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons facilities as depicted in TOPGUN Maverick. And how do pilots and aircrew members get those crazy callsigns you hear about in the movie?
Wikipedia has a pretty good write-up on the Israeli Air Force strike on a nuclear plant in eastern Syria called Operation Outside the Box, the name chosen because Syria and North Korea tried to hide the nuclear facility under a boxy-type building. Syria's air defense system was rendered totally inoperable during the raid using means developed by the US.
I could not find the website Above Top Secret Surface to Air Missile Google Maps overlay. Here is a picture of the Russian airfield near Latakia Syria showing the S-400 SAM sites... which Israeli Air Force F-35 seem impervious from attack! Notice the Russian SU-35 rolling out on the runway and the IL-76 AWACS parked on the ramp!
Article on the B-2 bombers attacking Sirte Libya. This was a long mission planned and led by Weapons School graduates and required 950K+ gas from Air Force tankers to accomplish.
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Leadership Lessons with Dave "Mongo" Koss
Thanks for joining us today and welcome to another episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast!
On today's show U.S. Navy Captain and F-18 fighter pilot Captain Dave "Mongo" Koss discusses leading the opening night strike packages of Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan and a year later executing several of the longest combat air patrol and strike missions near Baghdad in the opening week of Iraqi Freedom's Shock and Awe air campaign. Mongo also takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to lead and prepare the Navy Demonstration Team The Blue Angels for the airshow season. He leaves us with his tested-in-combat six-element formula for leadership in any organization.
Here are two videos of a cat shot in an F-18 Super Hornet, one showing the launch and another verbalizing the checklist before the catapult stroke.
This is a great video of what a carrier landing looks like from a pilot's view in a VFA-14 Tophatters Super Hornet, the squadron Dave Koss commanded before moving to Pensacola and commanding the Blue Angels Navy Demonstration Team.
Here is a great cockpit video from inside the Blue Angel formation which shows the concentration and finesse these aviators use during their routines.
Mace in your Face! This link is just a really cool video with great music the VFA-27 Royal Maces put together years ago called "Shoot'em if ya got 'em".
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Carrier air wings are now filled with the newest Hornet, the F-18E/F Super Hornet. A print of VFA-103 Jolly Rogers F-18F Super Hornet can be purchased from Wall Pilot.
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Triple MiG Killer Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez
Welcome to another episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit show!
An opening line in the new TOPGUN Maverick movie is so appropriate for this episode. Our lessons learned discussion is with MiG Killer US Air Force retired Colonel Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez, an A-10 Hawg and F-15 Eagle pilot who DOES have three MiG kills in forty years. Rico tells the story of his two kills during Desert Storm in 1991 and the opening night of Allied Force over Kosovo in 1999. He also shares lessons learned from working sixteen years in the defense industry with one of the largest defense companies in the world.
This episode is sponsored by Wall Pilot, custom aviation art for the walls of your home, office, or hanger. Rico's Desert Storm 58th Tac Fighter Squadron Gorillas double MiG Killer F-15C and the the 493rd Fighter Squadron Grim Reapers F-15C he flew on the opening night of Allied Force are available for listeners to purchase in four, six, or eight-foot prints that peel off and can be stuck to any flat surface.
This is a link to the AIM-7 Sparrow missile picture Rico and I discuss in the episode... the missile is about to impact the cockpit of an Iraqi MiG-29 Fulcrum shot by Rico's wingman Capt Craig "Mole" Underhill.
Here is a link to Rico telling his story on YouTube and the History Channel.
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Hogs in the Sand with Buck Wyndham
Welcome to this episode of Lessons from the Cockpit show!
There is one Air Force airplane that doesn't get a lot of love but every soldier or Marine wants overhead in a troops-in-contact situation: the Republic A-10 Warthog! The Hog is a devastating aircraft in combat and is known for its big GAU-8 30mm gun... Bbrrrrtttt! Buck Wyndham joins us with stories of his missions and exploits during Desert Storm, the first combat employment of the A-10. Buck had an opportunity to see firsthand what concentrated airpower can do to the enemy as he walked around the famous Kuwait City to Baghdad highway, better known as the Highway of Death.
The A-10 has looks and sounds all of its own. Here is the sound of its gun, and what it looks like from inside the cockpit over Afghanistan. The effects of this aircraft are incredible.
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Desert Storm Weasels with George "John Boy" Walton
Welcome to the 25th episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit show!
Colonel George "John Boy" Walton and his four-ship of F-4G Advanced Wild Weasels pulled up to my KC-135 on the opening night of Operation Desert Storm thirty-one years ago. He explains the Weasel mission and what the 12-ship of Weasels he was leading was tasked to do at 3 am near Baghdad: poke the eyes out of Saddam Hussein's air defenses. You always knew when the Weasels were coming to your tanker... they used BEER callsigns like COORS, LONESTAR, and MICHELOB!
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Honoring the Candy Bomber Gail Halvorsen
This is a short episode of Lessons from the Cockpit to explain where I've been for two weeks.
My wife and I volunteered for Colonel Gail Halvorsen Memorial service being held this week, 20-21 May 2022, at two Utah Valley airports: Provo Airport's new terminal, and Spanish Fork Airport. The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation World War II-era Douglas C-54D Skymaster will be on display with a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III at Provo Airport's new terminal Friday 20 May from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be a re-naming ceremony of the C-17 to "Spirit of the Candy Bomber" at 6 pm.
Saturday 21 May the C-54 and C-17 will be in formation over Utah Valley by 8 am and around noon the C-54 crew will re-enact the Berlin Airlift Candy Drop over Spanish Fork Airport. All of these events are for kids!
If you are within driving distance of Utah Valley later this week, this event will be one of those you won't want to miss.
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I'll be back on schedule next week with a new episode on how to find, target, and kill Surface-to-Air Missile or SAM sites from a guy who did it the opening night of Desert Storm.
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An above the layer podcast!
Mark has a really good show here. It’s a great mix of military aviation, life lessons, motivational material and history. A must listen for anyone interested in any or all of what I mentioned. If you’re prior USAF like me & now a Civil Aviation professional some, of the names and voices of guests you hear will be familiar, and even some of them that have moved onto the civilian world you may know too… Great stuff here ! - Mike “HAP” Arnold