The Afterburn Podcast

John "Rain" Waters

Former U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot John “Rain” Waters hosts The Afterburn Podcast.

Bringing people together to share their journey along the "path" of life.

All Episodes

Captain Will "Pyro" Dubois was a fighter pilot assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron. On 1 December 2014 "Pyro" was lost in a mishap on a combat mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is a three part episode.Donate to Pyro's WingsPyro's WingsAIBPart I: The Accident Investigation ReportPart II: Matt "Blitz" Ayres was the 77th FS Commander and joins the podcastPart III: Former squadron members join the podcast to share stories about Pyrohttps://afterburnpodcast.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Dec 1

41 min 50 sec

Captain Will "Pyro" Dubois was a fighter pilot assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron. On 1 December 2014 "Pyro" was lost in a mishap on a combat mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is a three part episode.Donate to Pyro's WingsPyro's WingsAIBPart I: The Accident Investigation ReportPart II: Matt "Blitz" Ayres was the 77th FS Commander and joins the podcastPart III: Former squadron members join the podcast to share stories about Pyrohttps://afterburnpodcast.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Dec 1

1 hr 31 min

Captain Will "Pyro" Dubois was a fighter pilot assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron. On 1 December 2014 "Pyro" was lost in a mishap on a combat mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is a three part episode.Donate to Pyro's WingsPyro's WingsPart I: The Accident Investigation ReportPart II: Matt "Blitz" Ayres was the 77th FS Commander and joins the podcastPart III: Former squadron members join the podcast to share stories about Pyrohttps://afterburnpodcast.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Dec 1

59 min 57 sec

"Motor" has multiple combat tours in the Viper and has served on the USAF Thunderbirds. He is currently the Det 24/CC and is responsible for the development of Pilot Training 2.5 (UPT 2.5). We spend a large chunk of this episode digging into Pilot Training Next and UPT 2.5 as it has generated a few questions...Enjoying these episodes? Help the show out by leaving a rating and review on iTunes and share it with a friend. Checkout the new website design by Seth Louey. https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Nov 19

1 hr 33 min

"Pako" started his military career in the Marine Corps as a door gunner in the CH-46 & CH-53.  He ultimately crossed over into the Air Force as a Weapon System Officer (WSO) in the F-15E. He has five combat deployments under his belt. Pako has completed fellowships at DARPA, Congress, and in Silicon Valley. The Merge Newsletter: https://themerge.co/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Oct 18

1 hr 29 min

Brad served 20 years in the Army. During his time in the Army he fought as a Ranger in the Battle of Mogadishu and later completed multiple deployments as a member of Delta Force. Since retiring Brad has pursued his passion for music. He is a founding member of Silence and Light which is an all veteran band that donates 100% of their proceeds to various veterans organizations. https://www.silenceandlightmusic.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Oct 5

2 hr 11 min

"Cranky" has flown over 30 aircraft and is a graduate of Air Force Test Pilot's School. He has logged time in the B-17, F-111, MiG-21, F-5 to name just a few. On top of that he has logged over 3,000 in the mighty Viper.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Sep 22

55 min 53 sec

"Gator" is the current A-10 Demonstration pilot. He comes from a family of fighter pilots and his family is full of fighter pilots to this day. His biological grandfather, Wayne, was an F-105 pilot and was shot down over Vietnam. The day he was shot down he was flying with the callsign Pistol 01. The man he grew up knowing as his grandfather, Roger, was career fighter pilot and was shot down over Vietnam in an F-105. The day he was flying he was flying with the callsign Gator 01. Wayne and Roger were squadron mates.  It wasn't until years after the war had ended that Wayne was officially declared KIA. Today Gator and his brother Jay "Pistol" Fullam are Hawg drivers as well as his sister-in-law. For additional content check out https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/Support the Podcast https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Aug 23

1 hr 2 min

Kevin is a career firefighter with over 20 years of service. He has been serving as a Captain on a Technical Rescue team for the past seven years. He is also the host of “Tier 1 Talks” podcast which interviews professionals from the military, law enforcement, and fire service. For additional content check out https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

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Jul 27

1 hr 25 min

"Hilts" has flown nearly every block of the F-16. He has flown over the skies of Iraq and Kosovo. He has sat nuclear alert and has a few stories to share. He is currently the Chief Pilot at the only FAA certified test pilot program on the East Coast Piston2Jet.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jun 23

1 hr 26 min

"Smash" joins me to talk about his career as a Marine fighter pilot. He is a test pilot and has survived an ejection at 380 feet. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jun 9

1 hr 33 min

Conor is a professional race car driver and currently competes in the NTT IndyCar Series. Watch Memorial Day weekend as he takes to the track in the Indy 500. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

May 28

40 min 47 sec

Kevin has aviation running through his veins. He is a professional airshow pilot and air racer. He was flew in the Red Bull Air Races and was recently selected as the only American to join the World Air Races as an AeroGP1 competitor in the inaugural upcoming season. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

May 19

1 hr 1 min

"Slap" joined the Air National Guard to become a Fighter Pilot. He is the founder of Bogidope.com as well as a pilot for a major airline. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

May 4

1 hr 9 min

"Shiner" rejoins the podcast to share a story of engine trouble ending with him becoming a firefighter. You can listen to "Shiner" on episode #17.For more content patreon.com/theafterburnpodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Apr 20

14 min 49 sec

"SLUF" began his career flying A-7's with two tours to Korat Airbase where he flew 63 missions, including the Mayaguez incident. He has seen a few things in his day and shares a bit of his story.www.theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

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Apr 20

1 hr 33 min

"Yogi" has served in the Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force. He flew in the opening days of Afghanistan and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission flown during Operation Anaconda.  Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

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Mar 30

1 hr 26 min

"Perty" joined the Royal Air Force right out of the gate. He has flown numerous aircraft and has a few "notches" on his belt. He has instructed, survived an ejection, gone to war a few times, and most recently successfully lead the RAF Red Arrows Demonstration Team. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 16

1 hr 10 min

Have a question submit yours https://www.theafterburnpodcast.comClimb rate F-16 vs F-15?How often to officers cross over from other career fields to become a pilot?Controlled ejection parameters, requirements, scenariosThe path to becoming a demo pilot.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 10

17 min 11 sec

JB served over 26 years in the Army, 10 of which was in Special Operations in the esteemed 75th Regiment. We chat leadership, his experience jumping into Panama during Operation Just Cause and a few other of his experiences. He is the Author of Warrior Leadership: Steps to Success for Leaders on the Ground. Support the show: Become a Patreon Visit theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 2

50 min 23 sec

Have a questions? Swing over to https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/Want to support the Show? https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com/What are Go-Pills, Side-Effects. "Knuckles" returns to add science to the discussion.Dealing with missing goals, or marks.Tips and tricks for winning at pilot training...or any training for that matter. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 24

19 min 45 sec

"Slash" entered into the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He started his aviation journey flying the C-7 before transitioning across several platforms. By the time "Slash" retired he added the B-52, T-38, Hawk, SR-71, and A-10 to his flying resume.Support the Podcast: Become a Patreon TheAfterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 16

34 min 41 sec

Have a question? info@theafterburnpodcast.comSupport the Podcast https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcastHow do you maintain and build your passion for flying when you are several years into your flying career? How do you make sure you keep learning and improving? Why doesn't the Air Force wear full battle rattle when they fly?What qualities do you value that you find day to day in your pilot peers?What does a controlled ejection look like?Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 9

16 min 13 sec

"Bender" is a fighter pilot, a former F-16 pilot and now he currently flies the F-35. In this episode we dive further into the mishap breakdown from episode #23. The goal is to bring more context to the events that unfolded on June 30th 2020 that resulted in the fatal mishap with Lt. David "MEZr" Schmitz. Lt Schmitz FoundationSupport the Podcast Become a Patreon!theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 2

59 min 25 sec

On 30 June 2020, Lt David “MEZr” Schmitz was killed in an F-16 mishap at Shaw AFB.  He was conducting a night mission qualification sortie.  Upon his initial landing attempt his aircraft struck the instrument landing system antennas resulting in significant damage to his aircraft.  Following approximately 30 mins of troubleshooting “MEZr” attempted to recovery the aircraft.  Shortly after touching down the aircraft began to roll and he initiated the ejection sequence.  Due to numerous failures he ejection seat failed to deploy the parachute contained within the seat www.theafterburnpodcast.com Patreon--> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG--> @rainwaters27 Youtube--> https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAfterburnPodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jan 19

1 hr 4 min

Brian has 20+ years as an US Army Officer and Warrant Officer. Five years as an Armor/Cavalry officer as an M1 Tank and 120mm Mortar Platoon Leader. 15+ years as an Aviation officer with over 2,000 hours as OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and AH-64D/E Pilot. Two Combat Deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast Show website --> https://www.theafterburnpodcast.com He is the host of The Low Level Hell Podcast available everywhere you stream. https://thelowlevelhellpodcast.com/    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jan 6

49 min 48 sec

"2Watt" is an A-10 pilot and on July 20th, 2017 he was conducted a low angle strafe during an operational check flight.  The gun malfunctioned which resulted in the canopy being jettisoned and damaging the aircraft's hydraulic system.   "2Watt" successfully recovered the stricken aircraft to a nearby field.  For his superior airmanship he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.   Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast Show website --> https://www.theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Dec 2020

42 min 30 sec

Col Hamilton is an Air Force Test pilot and has flown over 30 different types of aircraft.  He has flown numerous military fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, F-15E, as well as the F-35A/B/C.   He led a team of nearly 1000 individuals as the command of F-35 developmental test at Edwards AFB.  Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast Show website --> https://www.theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Dec 2020

53 min 20 sec

"Tuna"is a former Air Force pilot and joins me on the podcast to talk about his aviation career. He has flown the A-10, the F-117, completed a Navy exchange in the F-18 (with well over 100 traps), and rounded out his career flying the F-4. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross during a mission over Kosovo in the F-117.  He is a warbird pilot and restorer. He is checked out to fly the P-51, P-45, A-1, B-17, SBD, Avenger, B-25 and a few more.  Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcastShow website --> https://www.theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Nov 2020

48 min 9 sec

"Huggy" started flying the U-2 in 1989 and flew it for the majority of his Air Force career until his retirement.  Recently, he returned to fly U-2 as the USAF's first civilian instructor pilot to fly the high flying spy plane.  www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon-->  https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube-->https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAfterburnPodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Oct 2020

48 min 40 sec

In this episode we discuss "Shiner's" second sortie where he was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross.    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.  Become a Patreon --> https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast Show website --> https://www.theafterburnpodcast.comSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Oct 2020

29 min 52 sec

In this episode Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting and I talk about two sorties he flew while supporting operations in Afghanistan in 2011. "Shiner" is an HH-60 Air Force Pavehawk pilot, specializing in Combat Search and Rescue.  On March 29th, 2011 "Shiner" and his crew were alerted to respond 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.   Less than 30 days later, "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. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Oct 2020

40 min 29 sec

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. Their citation reads: he President of the United States hereby awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kipp Goding, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brady Hlebain, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Irvin Hernandez, Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong, Sergeant George Esquivel Jr., and Sergeant Cameron Powell of the California Army National Guard for distinguished acts of heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight on September 5th, 2020.The brave actions and superior airmanship of these soldiers resulted in the successful rescue of 242 adults and children from the rapidly developing Creek Fire in Central California. Their actions are in keeping with the highest military traditions of selfless service, honor, and personal — personal courage, and reflects a great credit upon themselves, the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, the California Army National Guard, and the United States Army.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Sep 2020

38 min 4 sec

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.   The President of the United States hereby awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kipp Goding, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brady Hlebain, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Irvin Hernandez, Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong, Sergeant George Esquivel Jr., and Sergeant Cameron Powell of the California Army National Guard for distinguished acts of heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight on September 5th, 2020.The brave actions and superior airmanship of these soldiers resulted in the successful rescue of 242 adults and children from the rapidly developing Creek Fire in Central California. Their actions are in keeping with the highest military traditions of selfless service, honor, and personal — personal courage, and reflects a great credit upon themselves, the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, the California Army National Guard, and the United States Army.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Sep 2020

52 min 20 sec

"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.  Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Aug 2020

40 min 7 sec

"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. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jul 2020

48 min 33 sec

Brian is currently an Air Force Reservist.  He spent 12 years on Active Duty prior to joining the reserves and pursuing a career in the airlines.  He is an ROTC graduate, former UPT T-1 instructor, C-130J, & C-40 pilot. www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube -- >https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAfterburnPodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jul 2020

40 min 27 sec

Rob Holland pushes the aviation limits in the world of aerobatics and flying.  Rob is a five-time consecutive World Champion and nine-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion.  He is both humble and approachable.  All around great American, listen in to hear about Rob’s journey.   www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube -- >https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAfterburnPodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jun 2020

47 min 12 sec

“Knuckles” played college football prior to joining the Air Force as a flight surgeon for an F-16 Fighter Squadron.  We talk about the role of the flight surgeon and “Knuckles” journey to becoming a Squadron Flight Doc.  “Knuckles” has now a year into his journey to becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon.     www.theafterburnpodcast.com Become a Patreon -- > https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast IG --> @rainwaters27 Youtube -- >https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAfterburnPodcastSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jun 2020

39 min 27 sec

Mike Goulian is an accomplished pilot and businessman.  He found a passion for aviation early in life and grew that passion into a successful career.  The Goulian name is synonymous with excellence in the aerospace world.  He raced on the Red Bull Air Race circuit for 12 years in the Master Class Series.  He is one of the youngest pilots to win the US Unlimited Aerobatic Championship and he has won countless awards for his high energy airshow performance.  Mike was able to do this while successfully running his family aviation business with his wife Karin. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

May 2020

55 min 7 sec

"Tally" tells her path to going to the United States Air Force Academy, flying the mighty Viper, and then a rather unique story while flying a combat mission on her last deployment.   Tally started off as a T-6 instructor pilot before flying the F-16.  She is now a T-38 adversary pilot flying primary against the F-22 and F-35.  Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

May 2020

1 hr 1 min

During a clearing operation in Sangin District in Helmand, Afghanistan Caleb and his team discovered a large Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory.  During the operation a pressure plate IED exploded underneath Caleb leaving him gravely wounded.   Caleb’s journey to becoming a Green Beret is inspiring let along hearing his journey of recovering following the IED blast.   Today, Caleb is an adaptive fitness instructor and continues to crush life. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Apr 2020

1 hr 22 min

"Bond" is a former Royal Air Force Tornado pilot, the first exchange pilot in the F-22 program, and founder of Red 6 Aerospace.   He grew up in a relatively poor area of England and climb to the pinnacle of aviation.  Following his father's suicide he returned home to run the family business.  He has now combined his skills as a fighter pilot, a businessman, and life’s lessons to create an aerospace company focused on developing technology and augmented reality to help train our warriors for the next fight.  Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Apr 2020

1 hr 8 min

Ever wonder what the requirements are to become an officer in the Air Force?  The process to become an officer?  Regardless of your answer you might find something useful inside this episode to apply to your everyday life.   But for those of you seeking to become a pilot, this is your first step.   Capt Colin Slade, aReserve Officer Training Corps instructor, joins me to discuss the requirements and how to go about becoming an officer.  Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 2020

47 min 19 sec

Chaos is an F-16 instructor pilot at the US Air Force Weapon School.  In this episode we talk about his journey through aviation, the loss of his father in an aircraft accident, as well as the death of our friend and squadron mate “Pyro.” Chaos is the epitome of the Weapon School’s mantra of “Humble, approachable and credible.”  A simple mantra that I feel is applicable to nearly everything in life for those looking to succeed. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

From providing close air support in the mountains of Afghanistan to leading the A-10 Demonstration team, ShiV has a great story as an A-10 pilot.  His journey started as an enlisted airman serving as a Russian linguist on the EC-130.  He excelled and earned a Officer Training School slot and subsequently went on to pilot training.  We discuss challenges and hurdles he had to overcome to become a pilot as well as a few things he has learned over the years as a Hawg driver.  And we might or might not talk about the mighty GAU-8 30mm gatling gun. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Mar 2020

54 min 2 sec

After surviving an IED blast in Iraq, Steve was medically retired from the USMC.  Steve is credited with a kill of an insurgent from over 1600 meters when he was deployed to Iraq in 2004.  He founded Tier 1 Group, which specialized in training for defense and other government agencies, and grew the company to an industry leader for defense and tactical training. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 2020

39 min 58 sec

From fighting ISIS in Afghanistan to instructing in the F-35,  “Fifty” talks about his journey in the Air Force.  This episode covers everything from his initial medical disqualification to flying the most advanced fighter ever built.  Also, we hit on why the F-35 evolution of the F-35, bad press, and how it is not a replacement for the A-10. 00:40 – Episode Sample 01:20 – Patreon.com for more content 02:40 – Sponsor Wingmanwatch.com 03:30 – Intro 05:40 – F-35 training and community 13:25 – F-16 to F-35 transition 15:00 – Fighting in the F-35 17:20 – F-16 Deployment to Afghanistan 22:40 – Going from calm to the firestorm 24:00 – Alert in the F-16 26:50 – How do you orient in dynamic and stressful situations 31:45 – Troops in contact 38:40 – Question for “Fifty”Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Feb 2020

44 min 13 sec

50 Special Ops troops are engaged in a heavy firefight with ISIS fighters. A-10 pilot, Major Tyler “Leeroy” Schultz (USAF) is called in and helps turn the fight around. His actions earn him the Distinguished Flying Cross.   That day 83 ISIS fighters are killed during the 5 hour firefight. Listen in to hear “Leeroy’s” journey becoming an U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot and the actions he took to save 50 U.S. soldiers and numerous coalition troops. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-afterburn-podcast/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min