We talk about different airstrips to visit, the ups and downs of flying in the Pacific Northwest, and all the fun events you can find here! We also like to discuss aviation music, movies, books, and websites. Basically we are just a bunch of fun loving pilots that have a passion for aviation just like you!
Our Next Stop Is 1967

In this episode, we discover the airline world of the sixties via a best selling book, dip into the fifties for a classic flying TV show, fly without leaving the ground, and crawl through an airplane boneyard.  All of this, plus a glimpse into today's fun airline experience in just short of 90 minutes.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.

Movie/TV:  Sky King

Book:  Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses by Trudy Baker

Interview: Brittany Machelka/Red Bird Flight Simulators

Website/App: B4UFLY

Song:  Hillary Duff - Fly

Destination:  Pima Air and Space Museum

Comedy Break/Sound:  Brian Regan on Flying

Direct download: H49Ep98.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm PDT

We are serious about aviation!

Seriously, folks.  We are serious about aviation, although you might have noticed that sometimes this show is not very serious.  In this episode we have a song entitled Sirius/Eye In The Sky.  Then we talk to the folks at Sirius XM.  Then we have an airline safety video that is not serious and feature a destination where you will be greeted by serious guards.  We also have a serious look at the future (OK, it was serious if you were a kid in the 1960's).  So, get serious and listen to this show!  Oh, in case you thought we forgot, it's the 6th birthday for Hangar 49!  We are seriously celebrating!

Music:  Alan Parsons Project - Sirius/Eye In The Sky

Movie/TV: The Jetsons (TV Show)

Book:  Tracon by Paul McElroy

Interview:  Dan Dickerson/Sirius XM Aviation Weather

Website/Mobile App: AeroWeather Mobile App

Sound: Virgin America Safety Video

Destination:  Area 51/Groom Lake, Nevada

Direct download: H49Ep97.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm PDT

It's not the first mistake we've ever made!

We've been doing this show for nearly 6 years and we strive for perfection.  But, hey, sometimes we make mistakes.  OK, sometimes Al makes mistakes.  Let's just move on.  It's a great show with a great flick, song, interview, book, sound, etc.

Movie:  China Clipper (1936)

Song:  Top Gun Anthem - Harold Faltermeyer and Tony Scott  or someone

Book:  I Could Never Be So Lucky by Jimmy Doolittle

Website:  Ann Arbor Flyers Club, Ann Arbor Michigan (75th Anniversary)

Sound:  10 funniest airline parodies

Destination: Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Interview:  Andrew Broom-HondaJet

Direct download: H49Ep96.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05pm PDT

We're Having Technical Difficulties

As you know, the electronic wizardry that goes on behind the scenes at Hangar 49 is really amazing, but sometimes there's a glitch.  You might hear Jimmy's voice crackle, fade, and sound funny sometimes....and that's in real life.  On this show, his microphone doesn't work very well, but the show must go on!  Once again, we have the latest news, music, TV, comedy, and a literary break.  Oh, and it's our Christmas show!  Give it a listen.

TV Show Montage:  Wings, Chopper One, and Pan Am.

Music:  Paul Revere & the Raiders - The Great Airplane Strike

Sound:  Hilarious Southwest Flight Attendant

Book:   Squawk 7700 by Peter Buffington

Website:  Airliners dot net

Bonus Christmas Music:  The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas

Interview: Chris d'Acosta, CEO Swift Fuels

Direct download: H49Ep95.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am PDT

The Isolation Chamber

With all the "bugs" going around, you can imagine Jim and Al's surprise when Tony showed up at the Hangar 49 studios with a terrible cold.  Reacting quickly, Jim tossed Tony into the back room, known to the production staff as "the isolation chamber."  Tony watched the show with his nose pressed up against the bulletproof window whilst Al and Jim talked about him, and a variety of aviation-related items...you know...the usual drivel that makes up this show.

Music:  Journey - Wheel in the Sky

Sound:  George Carlin - Airport Security

Book:  Ladybirds II-The Continuing Story of American Women in Aviation

Destination: Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Website: The DC-3/Dakota Historical Society, Inc.

Movie:  Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Interview:  Tech. Sgt. Harrison Southworth and the F-22 Raptor
USAF 27th Fighter Squadron

Direct download: H49Ep94.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm PDT

It's a Spooktacular show!

Yep, it's close to Halloween, so this show is spooktacular.  Halloween is Jim's favorite holiday, so anything can happen.  We spend a few minutes flying through Jim's brain to see if we can get some aerial photos of his reality.  As a result, Jim and Al have some serious flashbacks to their radio DJ days and play an aviation-themed song that has nothing to do with aviation.  Wisely, our 60's child, Tony, stays out of the way as this experiment has the makings of real trouble.  Ha, ha.  Just kidding.  As usual, Tony flies in with both wings.  Oh..yes...we have a movie, book, and comedy clip.  OK...get your costumes ready.  let's trick or treat!

Movie:  Air Force (1943)

Music:  Pilot of the Airwaves/Charlie Dore

Book:  Higher:  100 Years of Boeing by Russ Banham

Sound:  Jerry Seinfeld - TSA Screening

Interview:  Skychick (Ramona Cox) and she also reps MotoArt

Direct download: H49Ep93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am PDT

Tony Is Surrounded By Yanks

OK.  Tony grew up in England.  Now he lives in Canada.  But he hangs around with Jim and Al.  We've got him surrounded.  In this episode we fire up the way-back machine to the 1940's with a newsreel, movie, song, and patriotic movie theater ad to get young men to join up.  Close your eyes and let us take you back to the battle won by the greatest generation.

Newsreel:  VE Day and VJ Day-Universal Newsreel

Movie:  A Yank In The RAF

Book:  Yanks in the RAF: The Story of Maverick Pilots and American Volunteers Who Joined Britain's Fight in WWII by David Alan Johnson

Song:  Army Air Corps song

Sound:  United States Army Air Corps Recruiting - World War Two Patriotic Educational Film

Interview:  Jay Best - Commemorative Air Force (Recorded at Oshkosh 2015)

Direct download: H49Ep92.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm PDT

More Flight Line Fun (but Tony is missing!)

What the heck?  Now Tony is missing!  It'll be a struggle, but we will try to do this last show from the Arlington Fly-In without our neighbour from the north.  We have a great lineup with an exciting movie, a great book, and a fabulous song (one of the best we've found).

Movie:  Midway

Song: Jefferson Airplane-Planes

Book:  Skyfaring/A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker

Interview:  Robert and Dianne Dempster/Seattle World Cruiser Project

Interview:  Judy Moss & Rich Aldridge/QED Bee Gee

Interview:  Kam Keshavarzi/Flying from Canada

Roll the credits....

Tony Roberts, Jim Leighty, Al Gilson/Hosts
Philip Randolph/Guest Host
ERic Utter/Executive Producer (and substitute weather guy)
Mark Peterson/Arlington PA Announcer
Casey Stewart/GoFer

Recorded live in the Dale Comer Studio-AWO Airport, Arlington, Washington USA

Direct download: h49-2015-7-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm PDT

Vee Arr Loo King For Moose and Squirrel!

Our second show from the Dale Comer Studio on the flight line at the 2015 Arlington, Washington Fly-In.  Tony joins us via Sky-pe from Kelowna and the usual gang gathers around the table.  We talk old airplanes and motorcycles in this show with a goofy movie and a great song.  An, vee are loo-king for Moose and Squirrel.  Just listen in to find out what vee are talking about.

Movie:  Hot Shots!

Music:  Suzy Boggus-Outbound Plane

Book:  Plane Insanity by Elliot Hester

Pemberton & Sons Aviation-Addison Pemberton

Aero Copters, Inc.-Amanda Rough and Kimber Wardner

Direct download: h49Ep90.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT

What?  Jim is late again?  Sheesh!

We recorded this show live from the flight line at the Arlington, Washington Fly-In on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  And...once again, Jim is late!!  Tony was stopped at the border with no passport, and is forced to join us via Skype.  Al has to start the show by himself, but he is such a professional, everything works great! (Al also writes these show notes.  Can you tell?).  Of course, Phillip Randolph is here as our guest interviewer and Erik Utter is handling the electronic stuff.  We miss Dale Comer and his engineering wizardry and dry wit.  Sadly, he passed away last April.  We named the Arlington Flight Line Studio after him.  OK, it's just a table under a canopy, but Dale made it a welcome place ot sit and chat.  We interview Addison Pemberton who restored the Boeing 40C, Tracy Gety who has an amazing Russion motorcycle, and Kameron Blevins of North Wing Sports, makers of light sport and ultralite trikes.  Plus the usual movies, music, and literary features.  And, as always at Arlington, plenty of airplane noise in the background.

Movie:     The Great Santini

Music:    Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas-Trains and Boats and Planes

Book:    Ask the Pilot by Patrick Smith

Pemberton & Sons Aviation

North Wing Sports

Direct download: h49-2015-7-9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm PDT