#70 Stolen ‘Valor’ Exposed | Ben’s Story | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty

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My most heroic guest to date helps me explore the truth behind veteran impersonation aka Water Mitty or Stolen Valor (valour – UK spelling)

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Chris and Ben

C – Ben, how are you brother?

B – I’m doing good how are you?

C – Running out of clever replies, that probably aren’t really that clever.

B – When someone asks me this at work or whatever my usual reply when someone asks me how are you? I answer loving life. No matter what type of day it is, it’s positive affirmation. Sometimes good is just as sufficient, but I think if you say that enough times it gets contagious and other people start to say it whether they mean it or not.

C – I don’t mean to be rude to my guests but they’ve got to sort out the way they fricking speak man. All this “I’m good”. This is England, we’re British and we’re very proud about that. We’re not nationalistic but we’re proud not to have to copy other countries. People can speak how they want, of course they can but I do think though. I think people who are easily swayed with their language just start saying what other people say. You know like this ‘passed’ thing instead of died. They use ‘passed’. I personally think there’s a lot to dissect there…

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#74 US Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator Breaks Down BUDS & Combat | Aaron Howard | Podcast

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Ever wondered what it must be like to train and fight with SEAL Team 6? What BUDS and Hell Week must be like? In these podcast CLIPS, Former US Navy SEAL Aaron Howard breaks down SEAL Team Six’s combat and and behind the scenes training. Aaron explains how he was severely injured in Afghanistan but faces his toughest battle yet.

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Chris and Aaron

C – Aaron, how are you brother?

A – I’m good how are you?

C – Yeah, really well thank you? Which part of the States are you in?

A – I’m up in Virginia on the Eastern shore.

C – Okay, Norfolk is in Virginia right?

A – It’s about a three hour drive South from D.C.

C – Yeah I was in Virginia when I was in the marines I was on an aircraft carrier for a year, and we stopped in Virginia and we hired a car and drove up to Washington. That was a hell of a trip.

A – I bet, especially on the shoot up.

C – So Aaron, I think I should point out you’re are the first Navy Seal we’ve had on the show. We’ve heard a lot of SAS and some SBS guys from this side of the pond, but from the Atlantic side of America you’re the first Navy Seal. So thank you and congratulations…

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#76 Tornado Pilot | Tim Davies | Fast Jet Performance | Royal Air Force | RAF

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Join me for a fascinating chat with former Tornado pilot Tim Davies from Fast Jet Performance as we discuss everything you ever wanted to know about flying a state-of-the-art attack plane. Our LIVE chat Q&A is HERE: https://youtu.be/H2mdyckFd5Y

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Chris and Tim

C – Tim, how are you brother?

T – Good thanks Chris, lovely to be hear.

C – Yes, now we got to pretend like we haven’t been talking for the last hour.

T – You’ve ruined everything!

C – Our secret is out.

T – Exactly

C – Well my gosh, again I’m so lucky doing what I do Tim you know. I really get to chat, not only to the most fascinating people on the planet, but all the people if I was to have my choice in life, who am I going to chat to today, it’s going to be people like yourself. So thank you so much for coming and sharing your wisdom and your experience. A fighter pilot, how did that come about?

T – You know it’s interesting because I was actually a bomber pilot. When you say you’re a bomber pilot to the civilian community they don’t understand what that is because they’ve seen Top Gun and you know I get it. I was a Tornado GR4 pilot, which is the aircraft you can see just on the back over here. As we said previously before we came on air, father was in the military. Fathers, fathers, father was in the military. So I ended up going into the military…

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#121 From Red Arrows To 747 Pilot | Squadron Leader Andy Wyatt | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Andy started his career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1979 and after completing flying training flew the iconic English Electric Lightning with 11(F) Squadron at Royal Air Force Binbrook in Lincolnshire. His duties included intercepting intruding Russian aircraft during the height of the Cold War. 4 years flying the Lightning was followed by a tour as a flying instructor at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, flying the British Aerospace Hawk, where Andy taught student pilots and instructors in the advanced flying role. He was selected to join the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, for a 3 year tour of duty which included 2 years as a member of the elite ‘synchro’ pair. Andy was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air and on promotion to Squadron Leader. Andy joined British Airways as a Captain on the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’, flew long haul routes around the world. He is currently the Chief Pilot for Longtail Aviation, an international cargo airline based in Bermuda. Andy has flown a vast number of aircraft and now has over 20,000 hours of flying experience.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, great you could join us, thank you.

A – Chris absolute pleasure, great to be here.

C – Yeah it’s great, having a podcast you get to speak to so many people you have things in common with. Out of that sharing you get great conversation. Sometimes I forget to press record on the podcast! I’ve lost all that, that’s consigned to history now. So, my gosh, we hooked up on linked in, and I’m very fortunate to meet people on linked in with such rich histories and experiences such as yours Andy. From the Red Arrows to commercial airline pilot. Anyone who grew up in my era watched a film called Airplane, it was a spoof of all the jumbo jet movies of the seventies and eighties…

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