So There I Was

So There I Was

Join hosts, Fig and Repete, as they bring in some great aviation raconteurs to relate the glamorous, hilarious, poignant, tragic, and incredible tales of aviation. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll laugh ’til you cry, but you’ll never be bored!

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November 24, 2022 82 min

What’s the worst part about being a Blue Angel? Get the unbelievable answer here. And what’s the best part? Lawman says it’s completing a successful tour with the team. We say the corollary is the camaraderie that comes with professionals doing what appears to be impossible and making it look easy, all while holding each other to the highest standard, and of course tormenting each other relentlessly.

You will howl at some of the pr...

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Our third show with Lawman is a fun one. He opens the show describing how embarrassed he felt living the good life in Qatar while getting combat pay – though he did have to go to Afghanistan to prevent the outbreak of violence between the Marines and the Air Force!

Then we back into how he was serving as the Full-Time Support (FTS) Officer for the Marine Reserve squadron in Willow Grove, PA. You will laugh out loud at the segment w...

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November 10, 2022 83 min

Fatty joins the show this week to talk about how he became a Guardsman – and the benefits thereof. He tells how plans went awry when the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission) got rid of his F-15 Squadron while he was in flight school and how he managed to adapt and overcome.

When he found himself in Afghanistan over Christmas of ~2010 Fatty found entertainment in providing roofies to his flight commander: You, dear listene...

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In our second hour with Lawman, things get real. This episode is not entirely comprised of our usual light-hearted hijinks and buffoonery – though we throw some in for good measure. Lawman details months of training aboard the USS Nassau, and losing a squadron mate, Buick, during a night training sortie in the lead-up to Gulf War I.

Spending months aboard the boat before the war without going ashore was maddening. So much so that t...

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October 27, 2022 60 min

Lawman sat with us for more than 5 hours to discuss his unique career before becoming a Blue Angel; and how he got to fly almost every plane in the Marine Corps inventory in Afghanistan. We will break this into about five shows and likely intersperse other shows in between.

Lawman is a natural storyteller; he had us howling with laughter and choking up in despair. You’ll hear how his upbringing set him up for success in Officer Can...

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October 20, 2022 69 min

Double-L of the “Hollywood Guard” regales us with stories from Marine bootcamp to doing really dangerous things like fighting fires with an airplane… “More dangerous than combat.” When you are flying and you feel the heat of the fire it causes you to reconsider the intelligence of your life-choices.

Getting to Bagram Air Base, Double-L soon learned he was on the bottom of the Commanding General’s shit-list without even trying…. So ...

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October 13, 2022 68 min

We are joined by Author, Viper & Phantom Driver, and exceptional story-teller, “Jedi” this week. Jedi tells of the adventures of flying the Phantom and the Viper in the Air National Guard.

What’s amazing this week is how a chance meeting in a Navy O-Club bar comes full circle almost 40 years later. And Jedi then relates another incident where he was accused of ‘buzzing’ a beach, that comes full circle when, by chance, he learn...

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This week we are joined by “Curly” of the VMA-231 Ace of Spades squadron. Curly closes the loop on some of the fun discussed in episode 15 – “Sir, Don’t Eat the Donuts” and other escapades of the LRF.

Curly also tells us about some of his 38 combat missions in Gulf War I and how he survived in spite of himself. He sheds light on the adrenalin flow and narrow focus experienced in early combat missions no matter how well-trained one ...

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September 29, 2022 87 min

Another first for the show! This week “Father” joins Fig and Repete in the first Air Force pilot interview on So There I Was. Father flew the F-15 Eagle acquiring 3800+ hours and was the Squadron Commander in St. Louis, MO when he finished his career.

Father had the misfortune of being the witness to an accident so mystifying at the time the Air Force Grounded the entire fleet of Eagles world-wide. The good news is that Father’...

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September 22, 2022 62 min

This show is a little different than our others in that it isn’t directly about aviation. But, it IS about a right of passage most Naval Aviators had to go through before being commissioned as officers and starting flight school

We are joined by Marine Corps 1st Sgt Retired – “Gunny-Go” – A shortened version of his name. Many a Marine and Navy pilot in the 1980s were taught and guided by “Gunny-Go” and some still likely hear his vo...

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September 15, 2022 50 min
This is the second half of our time with "Nasty;" the former Commanding Officer of VF-31, The USS Sacramento, The USS Nimitz and a Strike Group aboard the USS Eisenhower. He tells of the time he ejected from an F-14 over the shark-infested waters of the Pacific. He describes why "Nuke-School" is hard - and the benefits thereof. And he tells us what the "Best Job in the Galaxy, HANDS-DOWN" is! Finally he ...
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September 8, 2022 47 min
Here's to Bug Roach! Cdr. Roach was a legendary LSO and mentor to our guest this week and next: Nasty. Hear why he was so legendary and the poignant event right before Nasty was presented the "Bug Roach Award" for the LSO of the year. Nasty is the LSO who waived Yogi & Master aboard the Lincoln that fateful day in the summer of '91 when Yogi came as close to ejecting from an airplane as humanly possible witho...
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September 1, 2022 54 min
Hear directly from two of the pilots who flew the Harriers you see in the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger / Jamie Lee Curtis hit movie True Lies. Director James Cameron had a clear idea of what he wanted. He took good care of our Marines who were there to support the filming and made sure they were treated well and had time with their families over the holidays. Buggs and Moto join us to talk about their path into tactical aviation. ...
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August 25, 2022 61 min
Shiny joins us to tell how there wasn't a Lieutenant's Protective Association, but rather a Lieutenant's Revolutionary Front that took action to get even with the senior officers in the squadron who were relentless in their hazing of all the new lieutenants. He also recounts their time in Saudi Arabia and flying combat sorties in Gulf War I; getting sent to the training command because he was married to the CO's ...
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August 18, 2022 68 min
Yogi and Master join us this week to tell their first-hand account of one of the most terrifying landings on an aircraft carrier in Naval Aviation history. Period. What started as a routine mission on Yogi's birthday was supposed to end with Yogi becoming a "Centurion" as he got his 100th "trap" aboard an aircraft carrier. Instead, it turned into one of the most harrowing recoveries EVER conducted aboard a s...
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August 11, 2022 63 min
This week we welcome F-14 Driver "Jake" who relates how he got to fly the Tomcat, losing a mutual friend, what the real Top Gun school is about, what it feels like to be alone at night in 60º water and 6 foot seas in a one man survival raft, and watching a rescue helicopter stop, look, and fly away. Jake relays more of Fig's adventures and why he was considered the ultimate 'Liberty Risk'! The Intro and O...
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August 5, 2022 82 min
This is another very inspirational episode - a story of personal triumph in the face tragedy. OB Joins us to tell of his days as a line support guy at an FBO in his home town - fueling and towing light civils. He goes on to tell of his time as a Harrier pilot and how it was cut way too short. But this isn't a story of woe and defeat. OB's perseverance and tenacity and force of spirit will serve as an inspiration to those...
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Sheriff joins Fig and Repete to tell how his interest in aviation was initially sparked. Then he relays how it evolved from some wild adventures in light civil aircraft to his pursuit and success in becoming a Naval Flight Officer flying in military tactical jets. There is one specific story in light civil planes that was described then and now as: 'We were on a mission from God!' Sheriff recounts how he almost had to eject...
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July 21, 2022 43 min
Fig and Repete recount their time in VMA-223 with Colonel Mitch Triplett. Col. Triplett passed away this week and the show is dedicated to him. The consummate Marine, Aviator, Leader; "Trip" will be missed by all and remembered fondly. Some funny ATC interactions are recounted and then we lead into the prior-teased tale of the "Fig-Dog". Not for the feint of heart, this really happened... and how it didn't tu...
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July 14, 2022 58 min
This week's show is dedicated to the memory of Retired Navy Captain James "Sinzy" Sinz. A former Commanding Officer of both Repete and this week's guest, Pester, Sinzy was an exceptional leader who cared deeply about setting the example, providing guidance when needed, and helping his Sailors and Marines whenever he could. Capt Sinz's obituary can be found here. Captain Sinz: Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sir. ...
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