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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!




It's Another Road Show!

It’s another road show! Tony and Al were still on the road when they recorded this show. For the very first time, they operated from inside the mobile studio somewhere in the Pacific Northwest USA. We were having so much fun, we forgot to talk about our book! Guest host Philip Randolph joins in to interview our special guest. Movie: Captains of the Clouds (1942) Book: Oops…we forgot! Interview: Jody Rueger Destination and Website: Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum Song:...


We Are In Harm's Way (Again)

Yep. When we take this show on the road, sometimes we get in harm’s way. First Tony had motorhome engine problems. Then, Al had motorhome engine problems. We’re lucky we weren’t trying to fly an airplane on the road. (That would be a whole different issue.) Again, we are on the road and this show was recorded on the flight line at the Arlington Balloon and Aircraft Festival in mid-August. Movie: In Harm’s Way (1965) Book: Graphic War-The Secret Aviation Drawings & Illustrations of World...


We've Got Mighty Wings!

Hey! We've got some mighty wings! It takes some big wings to get this show set up and recorded in a remote location. (Oh, OK...we admit that we "flew" down the freeway in the mobile studio.) Yep, once again we've taken Hangar 49 on location at the Arlington Balloon and Airplane Festival. Tony and Al, plus special guests Phillip Randolph and Emmy-Winning producer Erik Utter babble their way through another thrilling episode...complete with authentic airplane noise in the background! Movie:...


Hold my drone and reach for the sky!

We are always reaching for the sky here at Hangar 49. it doesn't matter if it's a Cessna, a Boeing, or a drone, (or on a cruise ship looking up. Take a listen as Tony and Al babble about all this stuff. Movie: Reach for the Sky (1956) Book: Stuka Pilot By Hans Ulrich Rudel Interview: WW2 B-17 Pilot John Mscik Website: FighterSweep Song: Grass Roots/Fly Me to Havana Destination: Smiley Creek, Idaho Sound/Comedy: Ajax Airlines/Hudson & Landry If you have any comments, compliments,...


No fake news ever...we admit we make it up

For over 9 years, Hangar 49 has been the go-to source for aviation news, insight, and entertainment. And…we are the first to admit…if we don’t know the facts, we’ll make some up. Apparently, we were years ahead of things. As Tony always says, “you heard it first here.”. So…sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight…er….show. Movie: Flight 93 Book: Straight On Till Morning: The Life Of Beryl Markham by Mary S. Lovell Interview: Andrew Shepherd-Aviation’s Next Great Adventure. Website/App:...


Wow! Our 9th Anniversary Special!

Wow! Has it really been 9 years? This little aviation podcast is growing up fast. From our humble beginnings in February, 2010 we have matured into one of the most respected and listened to aviation podcasts on the planet with listeners from around the world. But, after nearly 120 shows, we remain humble. In fact, we forgot to mention this landmark anniversary until nearly the end of the show. Frankly, we had so many topics to cover, movies and songs to review, plus a book and comedy clip,...


Crap! More technical difficulties!

Crap! We have a bunch of technical issues! Memo to us: Don't say bad things about Microsoft...they must listen to our show. But hey...we fly little airplanes with technology from the 1940's...we got this. So, sit down and hang on. We're gonna have a show! Movie: Fortress Book: The Blue Angels: A Fly-By History: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence Interview: Dave Baile, Survival Pucks Website: Open Airplane Song: Steve Miller/Jet Airliner Destination: Stonehenge Airplane...


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...