224 – Flying the F-15 Eagle
Guest: Jeff Fellmeth Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Markus Voelter
When I was young, in the 80s, I was extremely interested in military airplanes, I more or less grew up with three iconic fighters: the F-15, F-16 and F-18. I want to thoroughly cover those airplanes on omega tau, and this episode on the F-15 is a great start. I talk with Jeff Fellmeth, a former F-15A/C/E pilot about the airplane, avionics, trainings, missions and the units he has been a part of. We also talk a little bit about related topics, such as the Bronco and gliders.
F-15 Eagle | OV-10 Bronco | AT-38 | APG Podcast | F-16 Fighting Falcon | F-18 Hornet
Development, History, Role, Training00:04:44
Air Superiority Fighter | F-100 Super Sabre | F-14 Tomcat | F-111 Aardvark | Interceptor | Dogfight | BAe Lightning | MiG-21 | F-4 Phantom | HOTAS | Fly-by-Wire | Chaff | Flare | Dogfight | Master Arm Switch | F-86 Sabre | Canopy | Flaps | Slats | F-22 Raptor | Air brakes | Landing the Airplane | Aerobraking | Control Augmentation System | Tailslide | Auto Roll | Barlel Roll | Line Replaceable Unit | APG-63 Radar | AIM-54 Phoenix Missile | Israeli F-15 that lost the wing | A-4 Skyhawk | Mid-air collision
Differences between A, C and E Models00:27:30
Head-up Display | APG-63 Radar | AIM-7 Sparrow | AIM-9 Sidewinder | AIM-120 AMRAAM | Pulse-Doppler Radar | Track-while-Scan | MSIP | Radar Warning Receiver | Switchology for Radar Modes | Conformal Fuel Tanks | Backseater | APG-70 Radar | Frequency Hopping | Transponder | IFF | Forward Looking Infrared | LANTIRN pod | Electronic Countermeasures
Flying the Airplane, Refuelling, AWACS00:47:31
Control Forces | Air-to-Air | C-141 Starlifter | MD-80 | Boeing 767 | KC-135 Stratotanker | Kleine Brogel Airbase | HF Radio | Tanker Track | MARS Military Assumes Responsibility for Separation | AWACS | E-3 Sentry | JTIDS | Mountain Home AFB | Autopilot
Altitude Hold Mode | Heading Hold Mode | Control Wheel Steering Mode | Terrain Following Radar
F100-PW100 Engine | Thrust-to-weight Ratio | Variable Nozzles | FADEC | Afterburner Blowout | Streak Eagle
Jeff's Units and Missions01:18:04
OV-10 Bronco | Sembach Airbase | Close Air Support | A-10 Warthog | F-104 Starfighter | Fighter Lead-in Training | T-38 Talon | Holloman AFB | Luke AFB | Tyndall AFB | Seymour Johnson AFB | 7th TFS | F-5 Tiger | F-117 Nighthawk | A-7 Corsair II | SA-6 | Geilenkirchen Air Basex | Kadena AB | Desert Shield | Langley AFB | Bitburg AB | Elmendorf AFB | Red Flag | Nellis AFB | ACMI Pod | Combat Air Patrol | Upfront Controller | Synthetic Aperture Radar | Wing Loading
Jeff's Transition to the Airlines and Glider Talk02:04:16
Yaw String | Rudder | Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau | Schweitzer 2-32
Thanks Markus for this great episode. I enjoy listening to your episodes almost every time, but especially to the military aviation episodes as these aircrafts used to be a special interest of mine. Keep on your great work and your effort to find (former) pilits who are willing to about their profession on a german-origin podcast. Looking forward to the F-16 and F/A-18 episodes. Greets from Berlin. Dirk
Edit (hab zu schnell auf senden gedrückt ; btw: kannst du in der f-18 folge erwähnen, wofür das “a” in f/a-18 steht? Ich glaube es hat was mit der luft-boden-rolle zu tun, hab aber in der Wikipedia nichts dazu gefunden. Danke. ) :
Dazu brauchen wir keine Episode :-) Das “A” steht für “Attack” (also ja, Luft-Boden) wie bei der A-4, A-7 oder A-6. Interessanterweise wurde das bei anderen Flugzeugen dieser Generation nicht gemacht, es heißt ja nicht F/A-16. Kann sein dass das eine Navy-Sache ist, denn A-4/7/6 sind ja auch Navy-Flieger.
Another fine episode, Marcus! You found a really great guy to talk to again. I share your fascination in the 80s military planes totally, and it’s fantastic that you keep up the faith with your podcasts. I especially like when the conversation goes into other topics (flying the Bronco, Jeff’s glider experience etc.), and the guest gets a chance to show more of himself. Of course I listen to this stuff mainly for the thousands of interesting technical and historical details, but it’s also nice to hear the human being behind it all. I had a long pause from listening to your podcasts and now I have a big menu of back episodes in front of me, which is nice for these dark and cold winter months! Thanks!
I can only agree: It’s a great episode – almost as good as the one about chasing bears with the Phantom! :)
I really like the aviation-themed episodes. Please keep them coming…! The other stuff is also good, but episodes like this one are the reason why I follow the podcast.
Was mir jedes Mal enorm gefällt ist, wenn einer Deiner Interviewpartner mit Leib und Seele “dabei” ist. Das war hier der Fall! Denn nur dann erzählt er auch die Dinge, die sonst “nicht wichtig” sind – und das ist aber meist das Interessante.
Gratulation zu dieser Folge!
Just found your podcast for the ipad. Awesome F-15 podcast by yourself and Jeff. Thanks for the length as well, as the 2-hr conversation passes before you know it. Look forward to other podcasts.
Was mir bei dieser Episode nicht so gut gefallen hat (was bei der Phantom-Episode besser war): Man sollte bei Kampfflugzeugen trotz aller Begeisterung für die interessante Technik immer bedenken, wofür sie gebaut werden: Menschen zu töten. Etwas Distanz schadet da nie. Der Phantom-Pilot hat mir da als Interviewpartner besser gefallen.
Ja, das ist immer ein Problem bei diesen Episoden. Ich hatte da schon öfters kritisches Feedback dazu. Auf der anderen Seite faszinieren mich diese Flugzeuge. Und in einem Gespräch ständig auf die moralische Dimension zu verweisen macht das Gespräch kaputt. Aber ich gebe Dir recht: je kritischer und hinterfragender der Gast ist, desto lieber ist mir das auch. Und wie Du ja sicher auch merkst gehe ich nur sehr wenig auf die Waffensysteme ein.
As usual Markus you presented a terrific 2+ hours of content. Your boredom however was showing by the 2/3rds mark. It may have to do with a cultural difference. I suspect that those of us over here are more patient with the less technical aspects of story telling than perhaps German audiences. From my perspective I think all aviation and space related topics are interesting. The F-15 is a combat aircraft but like all combat aircraft it is also a technology incubator that allows for the creation of technologies that eventually find their way into peacetime machines. Structural findings, metallurgy and other design features influence commercial aircraft. So for those who only see “combat” I would suggest that they may not be appreciating fully how such technologies affect their lives, peacefully. It should also be mentioned that the F-15 remains the only US combat aircraft to have never been defeated in air to air combat.
Keep it up. Great stuff.
Would love to hear a podcast on soaring. We have such a lack of it over here in the USA and it is some of the best flying that I have ever done. Wish we had the gliderports that you have over there.
As always -a sublime podcast.
Has you found an F-16 pilot to interview?
I have :-)
Fantastic episode. As you noticed yourself at the end, this was once again a highlight of your podcast, because the guest goes off on unexpected tangents and talks about experiences and tells us anecdotes. This is so much better than just talking about technical specs (which are interesting as well) and where these episodes with comparatively long interviews really shine. More guests like this! :-)
As a minor critical comment: English-speaking guests often are so polite to address you with your first name during the podcast and especially say “good bye, Markus” at the end. Your good-bye without a name then sounds a bit as if you had forgotten the guest’s name already — which of course I know is not true…
I agree to both points. Re 1: it is hard to predict in advance whether a guest will have lots of anecdotes or not. Re 2: I know. I am just bad at this. If I am in the US and somebody greets me with “How are you”, I still don’t reflexively reply “Good, how are you”. I am just not good at this.