When RAF friends gather around the fire hub at an airfield, there's always a good story to be told. We have brought that love of storytelling into a digital format, and hope you will enjoy the following installments of our new RAF Podcast.
Each podcast is hosted by RAF President Bill McGlynn, whose good-natured and easygoing interviewing style naturally brings out some wonderful stories from our interviewees. Sit back, relax (perhaps with a cup of Cowboy Coffee!) and enjoy.
This is a great discussion about "Spad's" 20 year career in the Air Force, including leading the Thunderbirds, transitioning to General Aviation and civilian life and now his third career as the Director of the Air Safety Institute and the joint initiative between the ASI and the RAF to reduce accidents in the backcountry.
Bill chats with Amrat Chugani about his career in aviation, learning to fly in Florida, getting his tailwheel endorsement, why he's a part of the RAF volunteers and what's next...
John McKenna talks about Ben and Butch Ryan and the donation of their airfield to the RAF to preserve their love of aviation and the land.
Bill chats with John Nadeau about growing up next to an airfield in Massachusetts, finally becoming a pilot and an airfield owner which lead him to become the RAF's knowledge leader in the Recreational Use Statutes initiative. This is a very informative podcast for anyone who owns (or knows someone who owns) an airfield and has concerns about liability.
Bill talks to Katie about growing up on a ranch in Montana, becoming an airline pilot, a communications director for GAMA, then program director for AOPA before going full circle back to the ranch where she grew up to raise cattle and fly her 180 around the Montana backcountry.
Bill discusses Carmine's experiences learning to fly, volunteering for the RAF. flying to Alaska with Chuck Jarecki and the background for her book "Havoc Red" about flying bombers to Russia via Watson Lake Canada.
Bill talks with Tim Clifford retired RAF VP and Board Director about learning to fly in Ohio, helping build the second story of the RAF and opening new backcountry airfields in Florida.
Bill has a conversation with Steve Thompson about his learning to fly at 16 in Texas, becoming an airline pilot and finally an RAF State Liaison.
Interview with John McKenna, the Chairman of the Recreational Aviation Foundation and one of the founders. John talks about the early days of founding the RAF and figuring out how to make a difference in saving backcountry airstrips.