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Live Podcast Features Heroic KC-135 Crew

EAA’s podcast, The Green Dot, is created by aviation enthusiasts, for aviation enthusiasts

July 28, 2018 - Three crewmembers from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker that heroically risked their aircraft and lives to drag an F-4 Phantom jet to safety after it suffered mechanical issues spoke in the EAA AirVenture Welcome Center on Saturday morning for a live episode of EAA’s The Green Dot podcast.

Mike Clover, co-pilot; Mike Bouchard, crew chief; and Ron Craft, assistant crew chief were the three members of the KC-135 crew present. They shared their story in dramatic detail, and emotions across the spectrum filled the Welcome Center as the men shared their incredible story.

Green Dot hosts and EAA staff members Hal Bryan, Tom Charpentier, and Chris Henry hosted a live episode for the second straight year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 after beginning the tradition last year with an episode featuring Walter Cunningham.

Chris, who gathered the crewmembers in Oshkosh both for the podcast and for a presentation in Theater in the Woods on Saturday night, said it was an honor to host this reunion.

“It was such an amazing privilege to get to work with these crew members,” Chris said. “When I found out that they had not seen each other since the event, I knew it was time that we made it happen. And to have it happen in front of the crowd at Oshkosh makes it that much more special. The crowd here fully comprehends to the fullest extent what they did, and how special seeing them together is.”

The Green Dot, sponsored by GE Aviation, is a podcast created by aviation enthusiasts for aviation enthusiasts. The podcast features both EAA and aviation news, general aviation topics, history, personal experiences from hosts and guests, and more. Saturday’s live episode will be available on The Green Dot on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and on EAA’s blog at www.Inspire.EAA.org on Wednesday, August 1.

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