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!


November 30, 2023 86 mins
In the dance of skies, Chucker’s tale unfolds,Through starts and stops, his dream he holds.Years, like clouds, drifted in his way,Yet he seized his wings, come what may. Rating earned, he soared anew,To rotary wings, his path he drew.From flight, a story, a laugh, a thrill,to a moonshine raid to find a still. In an ugly plane, he danced on air,And a surprise solo, with flair to spare.To a friend, a callsign, a jest so bright,...
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Welcome Chris, whose flight tales we admire,A West Point grad, in Air Cav attire.In skies, his passion did conspire,'Army Training, Sir!' his spirited fire. At flight school, where challenges soar,He pushed flying bounds, then pushed some more.In cold Alaska's daunting door,Helicopter ops, survival lore. A tale of hovering, smart and true,From crash-bound paths, he skillfully flew.Took controls with a deft maneuver,Saving the...
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November 16, 2023 113 mins
Join hosts Fig and RePete as they explore the remarkable life of "Jungle," a man whose experiences could fill an action-packed novel. From his beginnings in Navy ROTC to exhilarating missions piloting F-14Ds, Jungle's story is a thrilling ride of high-stakes and remarkable achievements. Discover his incredible non-stop transcontinental flight, demanding desert operations, and the tense moments of Operation Southern Watch. Jungle al...
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November 9, 2023 94 mins
This week's episode delves into Sal's lifelong passion for aviation. It humorously touches on his military days when Drill Instructors refused to call him 'Marinello,' opting for 'Private Ello' instead, to avoid the word 'Marine' in his name! Sal recounts his time with the 3d LAAM Battalion (HAWK Missiles) as well as the pivotal moment of his first flight, underscoring the seriousness of his commitment to learning. A highlight ...
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November 2, 2023 63 mins
This week we're joined by Sticks who dives deep into his adventures with the Coast Guard's MH-65 "Tupper-Wolf", humorously described as "Airwolf meets Tupperware!" He recounts flying in challenging 'zero-zero' weather, the heartbreak of unsuccessful missions, and a unique rescue where not saving someone directly meant truly saving him. Hear about a man underestimating river currents with his car and Sticks' uproarious tale from the...
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October 26, 2023 76 mins
This week's riveting episode of "So There I Was" podcast, is Episode 78, featuring the incredible "SeaBass." Originally turning away from the Marine Corps, SeaBass shockingly ended up retiring as a Marine LtCol with 22 years under his belt, but it wasn't handed to him... in fact once you hear how he got in the Marine Corps, you'll be as surprised as we were that he did get in; a life lesson in "Never take 'No' for an answer!" H...
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October 19, 2023 68 mins
Dive into the next episode of "So There I Was" and find yourself entranced by the tales of legendary Marine Harrier pilot, "Sugar." Experience the thrilling moments of aviation as he recounts his vital role in the introduction of the AV-8A into the U.S. arsenal. Discover how Sugar's unique experiences on helicopter carriers and other aircraft shaped the trajectory of his career. Hear many amusing stories including how he managed to...
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October 12, 2023 82 mins
LtCol. W.R. Spicer, "Sugar" a Marine who rose from the rank of Private to command an AV-8 Harrier Squadron returns to tell us more stories from his amazing aviation career. We talk of his impressive background to set the stage for why he was able to repeatedly accomplish successful demonstration of the concept of VSTOL aviation. There were many intense situations which he faced, such as landing with limited fuel in a spot that was ...
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This week on So There I Was, RePete is joined by guest Co-Horst, Sticks whilst Fig vacations in Italy. Dive deep into the exhilarating world of Naval aviation with Briggs, a seasoned EP-3 pilot. From the intensity of Cold War intelligence missions to the pulse-pounding experience of night carrier operations, Briggs shares gripping tales that will have you at the edge of your seat. Hear about emergency landings, engine failures, and...
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September 28, 2023 98 mins
In this thrilling episode, we're joined by Fister, an elite Weapons and Tactics Instructor with an incredible story to share. Get ready to soar through the skies as he takes us on a pulse-pounding journey inside the cockpit of the AV-8B Harrier jump-jet. But that's not all! Fister was the last Commanding Officer of VMAT-203, the legendary squadron where aspiring Harrier pilots learn to master this formidable aircraft. Brace yoursel...
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September 21, 2023 73 mins
Prepare for an exhilarating journey on this week's episode of So There I Was, aptly titled "156618, My Old War Horse." Listeners are in for a breathtaking adventure as they meet the remarkable "Hound," who takes center stage alongside hosts Fig and RePete. Hound's lifelong fascination with flight ignited in a small airplane, where he gazed upon his own house from the skies, setting the stage for a life of airborne intrigue. Houn...
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September 14, 2023 54 mins
We conclude our visit with Taco as he offers a thrilling account of his adventures; starting with recounting his visit to Iwo Jima on the 50th anniversary of the WWII battle, where he met survivors of the invasion force and explored the frozen-in-time caves and bunkers, providing a unique perspective on history. Taco also discusses other aviation experiences, sharing his regret over the unfortunate crash of his Cherokee after he...
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September 7, 2023 73 mins
Get ready for an episode that's going to take your aviation enthusiasm to new heights! In this episode, we're leaving the ground behind to soar through the incredible stories with our guest, Marine KC-130 Tanker pilot, Taco. This week we open with heartfelt messages from dedicated supporters and a nod to our new "Tanker Aircraft Commander Patron," Sal Marinello and his selfless dedication to all who serve(d). Then we dive headfi...
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August 31, 2023 128 mins
Soaring to New Heights with Scott Perdue of "FlyWire": An Episode You Can't Miss! This week we have an electrifying guest: Scott "Gunny" Perdue, the aviation mastermind behind the hit YouTube channel, "FlyWire". Get ready to strap in and embark on a thrilling ride through the skies of Gunny's experiences. From nail-biting encounters in the F-4 Phantom to the adrenaline-packed tales in the F-100 Fokker, this episode promises a ca...
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As a special treat this week we are bringing you an episode from another podcast, The Compulsive Story Teller. Have you ever felt the pull of a compelling story? The kind that stays with you, long after it's been told? Meet Gregg LeFevre, a New Yorker whose storytelling is not just a passion, but a compulsion. With over 200 public art projects worldwide, including NYC’s expansive Library Walk, Gregg's work seamlessly blends histori...
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August 24, 2023 91 mins
Doc-Doc joined hosts Fig & RePete for an intriguing episode. A former Navy flight surgeon in a Marine Harrier Squadron, Doc-Doc tells how he became a flight surgeon in spite of not having any previous pull towards aviation. Hear captivating stories of honor from the Black world famous "Black Sheep Squadron." And in the prologue, Fig talks up a veteran's outdoor adventure nonprofit outfit in Michigan providing services to Active, re...
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Ready to Dive into an Adventure?** 🚁🎤 Hold onto your headphones, folks, because this episode is jam-packed with laughter, twists, and turns! Ever heard of an attorney who flies rescue helicopters and was once a suspect in a sledgehammer & Hello-Kitty-umbrella burglary? 😂🌂🔨 If you're scratching your head, you're not alone! 🚁 Deus, with a career more colorful than a Mardi Gras parade, spills the beans on his roller-coaste...
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August 10, 2023 71 mins
Tune in to this week's episode of "So There I Was" as we navigate the skies with Juan Browne, the mastermind of the Blancolirio Channel on YouTube! Ever marveled at his gift for demystifying intricate topics? Curious about the origins of his channel's name? Dive into Juan's riveting tales, including the heart-stopping moment he found himself in an inverted flat spin, with no prior training on how to escape! From childhood dreams of...
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August 3, 2023 93 mins
Intake brings listeners on a thrilling journey through his life. From his time as a squadron commander and Blue Angel solo pilot, to his daring work as a Hollywood stunt pilot for the movie Top Gun Maverick, Intake's experiences in the cockpit are nothing short of breathtaking. His tales of close calls, shenanigans, and the intense teamwork required to fly the F-18 paint a vivid picture of life in the sky. Beyond his aerial acco...
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July 27, 2023 94 mins
Onion shares gripping stories from his time as a Marine Fighter / Attack Pilot. He recounts a situation in Iraq where he witnessed the resourcefulness of Marines who called for an air strike in a very unconventional manner when they were surrounded by Iraqi tanks. Onion's most coincidental story involves helping Vapor (episode 62) who ejected from a Harrier without hydraulics and wound up navigating a minefield to reach friendly te...
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