Breaking the Deck: A podcast celebrating the important stories of aircraft carriers, past present and future. The podcast is part of the celebration of November as National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month.
Episode 101: Breaking the Deck
An introduction to the podcast.
Episode 102: Henry C. Mustin: Visionary and Pioneer
A discussion of Naval Aviation pioneer Henry C. Mustin’s innovation, vision and first catapult launch on Nov 5, 1915 with author, historian and Mustin descendant, John Fass Morton.
Episode 103: Backbone of the Aircraft Carrier: Suppliers
More than 2,000 businesses from 46 states make the parts and equipment for the construction and maintenance of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. We talk to two suppliers, Rick Giannini, President and CEO of Milwaukee Valve Company, and Lisa Papini, President of Dante Valve Company about their company’s contribution and pride in building carriers. Learn more: https://www.acibc.org
Episode 104: Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier with Fleet Master Chief Beldo, USN, (Ret)
In this episode we speak one of the pioneers in aircraft carrier history, retired Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, the first African American female command master chief (CMC) of an aircraft carrier, about life aboard an aircraft carrier.
Episode 105: V-22 Becomes the COD
In February 2020, the U.S. Navy officially received the first CMV-22B Osprey, the replacement for the venerable C-2 Greyhound aircraft as Carrier on Board Delivery—the COD. We talked with Capt. Sean McDermott, USN (Ret.) and Col. Mike Orr, USMC (Ret.) about the fascinating story behind how the decision to make the V-22 the COD happened.
Episode 106: Telling the Naval Aviation Story at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Dr. Laurence M. Burke, Curator of U.S. Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, provides a preview of how the history of Naval Aviation will be told through artifacts and exhibits at the renovated museum.
Episode 107: The Legacy of Doris “Dorie” Miller with Fleet Master Chief Beldo, USN, (Ret.)
Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, USN, (Ret.) speaks about the significance of naming an aircraft carrier for World War II hero Doris “Dorie” Miller. Fleet, the first African American female command master chief of an aircraft carrier, shared her views on the importance of keeping the legacy of heroes like Miller alive in the nation’s memory and her own role as an example for those who come after her.
Episode 108: Dr. Burke, Curator of U.S. Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on the History of Aircraft Carriers
Dr. Laurence M. Burke, Curator of U.S. Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, provides a history of the development of the modern aircraft carrier, what worked, what did not work, and the future of aircraft carriers.
Episode 109: Dr. Burke, Curator of U.S. Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on the Aircraft Carrier Infrastructure
Dr. Laurence M. Burke, Curator of U.S. Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, on what makes the infrastructure of the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier unique from other Navy ships and how that infrastructure has evolved over time.
Episode 110: From Cat to Trap: What it’s like Flying On and Off a US Aircraft Carrier
Joe Ruzicka, call sign "Smokin," is a former Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-14 Tomcat and Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the F-18 D/F. Joe provides the procedures of aircraft launch and recovery on a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. Recommended reading: Joe’s article in The Drive: “How To Land A Fighter On An Aircraft Carrier On A Stormy Night” https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3559/how-to-land-a-fighter-on-an-aircraft-carrier-on-a-stormy-night
Episode 111: USS Langley (CV 1) and the Early Development of the Aircraft Carrier
Historian and author, Dr. David F. Winkler, on the development of the first operational U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV 1), the early development of the aircraft carrier, and the significance of naming an aircraft carrier for World War II hero Doris Miller.
Episode 112: USS Midway Museum Storytelling
Karl Zingheim, historian for the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego, California talks about the history of the USS Midway and how the Museum is bringing the history of the aircraft carrier and the great work of the men and women who serve aboard aircraft carriers to life for the public.
Episode 113: F-35C: Increased Carrier Capabilities
In 2021, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) will be the first carrier to go sea with a the 5th Generation fighter aircraft F-35C. Retired Marine Aviator Lieutenant Colonel David “Chip” Berke, the first non-test pilot to fly the F-35, talk with us about the significant increased capabilities the F-35C will bring to the aircraft carrier.
Episode 114: A Naval Aviator's Story of Aerial Combat and Mission Success in Desert Storm
In this podcast Admiral Mark Fox, USN (Ret.), tells the story of January 17, 1991, when he was flying an F/A-18 Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron 81 (VFA-81, “Sunliners”) off the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) and shot down an Iraqi MiG-21 on the opening day of the Operation Desert Storm campaign.