The Afterburn Podcast

Former U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot John “Rain” Waters hosts The Afterburn Podcast. Bringing people together to share their journey along the "path" of life.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 59m. Bisher sind 66 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 2 days 17 hours 24 minutes


#25: SR-71 Blackbird Pilot - Lt Col (Ret) Les "Slash" Dyer

"Slash" entered into the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He started his aviation journey flying the C-7 before transitioning across several platforms. By the time "Slash" retired he added the B-52, T-38, Hawk, SR-71, and A-10 to his flying resume. Support the Podcast: Become a Patreon Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:


 2021-02-16  34m

TAP #51 Mike "Pako" Benitez

How realistic is Top Gun Maverick? "Pako" takes us on a GBU-24 journey and breakdown of the mission in Top Gun. Spoiler alert, if you haven't the movie yet then you have failed.

"Pako" is breaks down key defense news weekly at He is recently retired with 25 years in the USMC and USAF.

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 2022-07-17  1h5m

TAP #52 - Jeff "Vader" Brandon & Jeff "Bender" Page

"Vader" and "Bender" are career fighter pilots and branching out with the Kodiak Shack Podcast. They are looking to connect the frontline warfighter with those that innovate. "Vader" is a former F-16 Fighter Pilot now learning to fly the F-15C. "Bender" also left the world's greatest fighter and is now flying the F-35.


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 2022-07-22  1h35m

TAP #53 Mark "Juice" Whisler (Part I)

"Juice" started his career as a C-130 navigator and was selected to attend pilot training after his first assignment. He spent the remainder of his career as a fighter pilot flying the F-16. He currently serves as the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 605 at North Carolina A&T State University.

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 2022-08-07  1h8m

TAP # 54 Kris "Tanto" Paronto

Kris “Tanto” Paronto is a former Army Ranger and CIA Global Response Staff (GRS) operator conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. He was part of the CIA annex security team during the 2012 terror attacks on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya which is portrayed in the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” He has deployed as a private security contractor to South American, Central America, the Middle East, and North Africa...


 2022-08-21  1h54m

FAILED Ejection Seat - Pilot Killed - Counterfeit Components?

On June 30th 2020, Lt David “MEZr” Schmitz was killed in an F-16 mishap at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron which is apart of the 20th Fighter Wing. A recent article written by Rachel Cohen and published on Air Force Times highlights information never released to the public until now. “MEZr’s” ejection seat failed to work properly during an ejection sequence ultimately resulting in his death...



TAP #55 Michelle "Mace" Curran

"Mace" joined me for an interview @EAA AirVenture 2022. She is the founder of Upside Down Dreams and a former F-16 fighter pilot and Thunderbird. She flew the Viper across the globe but now has ventured into new challenges.

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episode 1: TAP #001 - A-10 Pilot - Maj Tyler "Leeroy" Schultz

Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient


 2020-01-24  1h1m

episode 2: TAP #002 - F-35 Pilot Maj Matt "Fitty" Tucker

Stories from fighting ISIS in Afghanistan to flying the most advanced fighter in the world


 2020-02-10  44m

episode 3: #003 - Steve Reichert

Retired Marine & Founder of Tier 1 Group


 2020-02-24  39m