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Jim Leighty, Al Gilson, and Tony Roberts 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!

Jim Leighty, Al Gilson, and Tony Roberts 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!
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Jim Leighty, Al Gilson, and Tony Roberts 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!




Oops! Uh, oh. Warning, strong language!

We pride our selves on being a “cutting edge” podcast. On this show we teeter on the edge of getting slammed into the Internet jail. Wanna know what we did? Just take a listen. (Oh…before we get arrested…we celebrate 115 years of powered flight in this-our 114th show.) The Wright Brothers The Wrong Brothers Movie: Flight Command (1940) Book: Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien Book: Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson Song: Iron Maiden-Flight of Icarus Destination: Tillamook Air...


We're Spaced Out

Every once in a while we get a little "spaced out" and forget what we're supposed to do. This time we almost spaced out our movie...about space. Come along as we explore the vast amount of space between our ears and babble about flying, flying books, flying music, flying people and, of course, flying movies. Movie - First Man Book - In Full Flight by John Hemingway Song - Coming into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie Interview - Katie Higgins - Fat Albert Pilot Comedy - If Cops Talked Like...


Our show's in trouble! Pull the chute!!

Yep, when we get into a bind at the Hangar 49 studios, we start to babble, and the show starts to crash, we just reach for the handle and pull the chute. Easy, right? Maybe. In this show we talk about a flight where they, "pulled the chute," right in our own backyard. Plus, another incident that "impacted" one of Al's favorite rental Cessnas. Climb aboard...it's fate...and we have that movie, too. Plus, we check our speed at nearly 2,000 nautical miles per hour. Movie: Fate is the...


Coming In On A Wing and a Prayer...Again

Every time we do these shows, it seems like we always come in on a wing and a prayer. Like: We always “wing” it, and our audience has a “prayer” about when will the show finally be over. This show is no exception. Again, we recorded this show live at the Arlington Fly-In during July 2018 with interviews, noisy airplanes, music, books, movies, and unplanned interruptions. Join Tony, and Al with special guest interviewer Phillip Randolph and ace engineer, Erik Utter for a fun-filled hour of...


Was it worth the wait?

OK...sure...it's been awhile since our last show, (about 6 months), but we know our fans are still with us. You are still here, aren't you? Hello....is anyone out there? Hello.....hello.... Well, anyway, we are back with our traditional live broadcast from the flight line at the Arlington Fly-In. Just a tiny bit north of Seattle in Washington State, USA. Sit back, relax and listen to Tony and Al, plus Phillip and Erik as they babble through an entertaining hour of aviation news,...


We always "Tell the Truth"

Of course, everything on the internet is true. That means everything we say on this show is true. We can prove it. Just listen to this show. We even have a "To Tell the Truth" segment on this show. Song - John Fogerty - Flying Away. Book - Flight of Passage – By Rinker Buck Sound: To Tell the Truth-Kern Buck (Rinker Bucks brother) Part One Part Two Website (and Museum Destinations): Warbird Alley Movie - American Made


We Are Born to Fly

Well, it's a new day. Jim has abandoned Tony and Al in cyberspace, leaving those two renegades to navigate through the skies without him. It's kind of like traveling through time to a different world...AJ: After Jim. So, we have a movie about that and a great song about how Tony and I will spread our wings and learn to fly without Jimmy. We tend to wander and without any clear direction from our founder, so Tony and Al talk about vacations, cruising, the usual destinations, and we are able...


Bye, bye, Jimmy

So, in 2010 Jimmy had a dream: Create the world's best aviation podcast. He brought on a couple of airplane pilot buddies, another ex-disc jockey and an ex British rock and roller. The rest is history. Over 100 shows later, Jim is turning off his microphone. Why? We don't know. Old age, mental disorder, confusion, lack of pay, no respect? It could be any of these. Well, we opened up the studio and recorded this show in front of a live audience. And, with the production staff currently...


The Internet Police might censor this show!

We pride ourselves to ensure that every episode of Hangar 49 is filled with cutting edge aviation information and entertainment. You be the judge. You better listen soon, before the internet police remove this show. Watch for our bail/bond crowdfunding campaign. Coming soon. Movie: October Sky Book: Sputnik: The Shock of the Century by Paul Dickson Sound: Frustrated Pilot talking to SoCal Approach Website/App: Cloud Topper Pilot Sight Level for iPhone/iPad Song:Long John Baldry &...


Godspeed, John Glenn

In this episode we honor one of America's first seven astronauts, John Glenn, who passed away in early December. It's just Jim and Al on this show, Tony had a much better offer. So, strap yourself in and let's light this candle! Movie/TV: The Right Stuff (Encore) Book: Project Mercury: NASA's First Manned Space Programme by John Catchpole Sounds: 1962 John Glenn in Friendship 7 Website/App: Project Mercury - America's First Astronauts | NASA Song: Space Truckin'-Deep...


Any Pizza is a Personal Pizza

Yes, we've been away for awhile, for our usual summer/fall vacation. Jim was hungry, so we ordered pizza. He ate it all...hence the name of this show. We had some serious technical issues in the studio. Hopefully, you won't notice. Of course, there's the normal banter, drivel, nonsense, bad words, and confusion. The stuff we're famous for.If you like the show, tell your friends. If you hate it...oh..never mind. Movie/TV: 633 Squadron (1964) Book: Sully (Highest Duty): My Search For...


This Isn't Our First Rodeo

Woo, hoo! It's our third show recorded at the Arlington, Washington, USA Fly-In. Al and Jim are gazing at airplanes as they taxi past the outdoor studio. Where's Tony? Apparently, he went to a rodeo (his other passion is photographing wild animals being piloted by cowboy pilots). Hey, this isn't our first Rodeo...or Tony's. So...sit back and relax as the zany team of Al, Jim, guest host Phillip Randolph, producer Erik Utter, and gopher Casey Stewart clutter up the internet with 60 minutes of...


Everybody's A Music Critic!

We are two plus one on the flight line at the Arlington, Washington, USA Fly-In. Yes, once again, Tony was turned away at the US Border. It's like someone built a wall to keep that rascal out. That's OK, we snuck him into the show via Skype. Of course, had the production staff known that Tony and Jim would gang up on Al and criticize his musical tastes, both of those guys would have been arrested. Pay no attention to those guys, we all know that Al has impeccable musical taste. Thanks for...


Ground Control? We're Out of Control!

We are on the ground, but we're out of control! Yes, the three flying bandidos are back again on the flight line at the Arlington, Washington, USA Fly-In. Once again, government officials have prevented Tony from entering the United State of America to join us live, so we connected with him through the miracle of Skype. Had we only known that keeping him away from our single-malt stash was this easy, we would have done this years ago. Movie: Ground...


A Century of Great Aviation Entertainment

HANGAR 49 IS CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF BROADCASTING!!! Huh? What? Oh. That's the big deal? Really? Sounds kind of cheesy to me but OK...I'll start over. HANGAR 49 IS CELEBRATING 100 "EPISODES OF BROADCASTING!!! Sheesh, you guys will do anything to get some cheap PR for your show. Movie/TV: Target for Today (Full Movie Link) (Wikipedia site) Book: Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age by Steve Taylor Comedy Break/Sound: George Carlin-On Airplanes and Flying Website/App: Solar...


99 epidodes of Hangar 49 on the wall....

What? We've done 99 shows? Really? That's not just Tony's age? Yep. We are about ready to hit the century mark, but not quite. Although, based on the songs, movies, and TV shows we pick, it may seem like we're alreay over the hill. Nope. We just like old stuff. So sit back, relax and "welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends!" Movie/TV (Double Feature): Thunderbirds are Go (TV show-1966 TV show & movie and 2015 TV show) Book: The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s...


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...


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!...


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...


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:...