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252 – Red Flag


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On the second day of my visit to Nellis AFB we covered the Red Flag, an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at multiple times per year at Nellis. We started out with a general overview with Jan Stahl; we also covered the role of the aggressors. I then talked with John Traylor who works as a ground intercept controller for the aggressors. Next is a conversation with Graham Johnson about Red Flag from the perspective of a blue force participant; he flies an F-15C out of Lakenheath. We conclude the episode with a look at the historical context that lead to Red Flag, again with Jan.

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251 – Flying the F-16 Viper


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As part of my US trip 2017 I visited Nellis AFB, where LtCol Jan Stahl flies the F-16 for the 64th Aggressor Squadron. We spent a day around, in and under the F-16. The episode contains five parts. A brief introduction to the F-16 and its development, a discussion about flying it, a walkaround, a look at all the knobs, switches and displays in the cockpit as well as a detailed discussion on the HOTAS system that forms the backbone of the pilot’s interaction with the avionics.

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235 – A Walk in the Woods with Miami Rick and the Big Boeings

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Rick Ruiz is a pilot for Atlas Air where he flies various versions of the Boeing 747 freighter. Previously he flew the 767 and the 777 for LAN Chile, primarily cargo as well. Rick is also a crew member of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, where he is known as Miami Rick. In this episode, we stroll through the woods around Landstuhl, Germany, where I visited Rick while he was on a layover. We geek out about flying the Big Boeings.

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230 – Frachtfliegerei mit Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11F

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Vom 20. bis 23. Dezember war Markus mit einer MD-11F der Lufthansa Cargo von Frankfurt über Tel Aviv nach Istanbul (LH8340, LH8341) unterwegs und hat dabei den Kapitän André Wüseke und den ersten Offizier Jens Kreuzer bei der Arbeit beobachtet und interviewt. Diese Episode ist auf diesen Flügen entstanden und enthält sowohl Aufzeichnungen von Briefing, Outside Check und der Arbeit im Cockpit, als auch ein 2-stündiges Interview im Hotel in Istanbul.

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224 – Flying the F-15 Eagle

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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.

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