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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Mike Durant. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Mike Durant, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Mike Durant. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Mike Durant, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 5 - Mike Durant

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Mike Durant, the Black Hawk helicopter pilot made famous after being taken hostage in the Battle of Mogadishu, reflects on that fateful day on October 3, 1993 - the crash, the ensuing gunfight and 11 days in captivity.

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Oct 18 2020 · 32mins
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The After Action Review Episode 20: Mike Durant on captivity and Black Hawk Down

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Chief Durant shares his story of survival as one of the few POWs who lived to tell the tale post-Vietnam.
Apr 29 2020 · 1hr 1min

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Episode 22: Business Transformation - How Mike Durant Built Iron Man’s “Jarvis” for the Military

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In our latest podcast we interview Birthing of Giants Fellow and Pinnacle Solutions founder, Michael Durant. When Michael started his company in 2008, after 22 years of service as a military pilot, he used his deep knowledge of aviation to steadily grow his business as an engineering and maintenance company for military aircraft. Twelve years later, he’s using cutting edge innovation to create a financial model transformation for Pinnacle that could propel them to their next level of success.

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Feb 26 2020 · 34mins
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Mike Durant - Episode 265

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Mike Durant is a retired special operations helicopter pilot and successful entrepreneur. We discuss his journey into the military, surviving being shot down in Somalia, the hostage experience, the physical and mental journey, transitioning out of the military, his business model and much more.
Dec 28 2019 · 1hr 23mins

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#243 Mike Durant

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Episode 243 Mike Durant is a First Class Father and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Master Aviator in the 160th SOAR. In 1993 his Black Hawk Helicopter, Super Six Four, was shot down in Mogadishu Somalia in what became known as Black Hawk Down. Mike was taken prisoner and released after 11 days. His book, In The Company Of Heroes, documents his life and the incident in great detail. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, Prisoner of War Medal, and many others. In this Episode Mike discusses what it’s like to be a Dad while serving as a Special Operations Pilot, how he disciplines his children, how he came about becoming a Night Stalker Pilot, his current career, what’s coming next, he offers some great advice for new or about to be Dads and more!

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Sep 18 2019 · 28mins
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Episode 3 - Mike Durant

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In this spine-chilling episode, pilot, author and military war hero, Michael Durant, courageously relives being the sole American survivor of the Battle of Mogadishu, memorably recreated in the war film “Black Hawk Down”. While in captivity for 11 days, you'll be absolutely shocked how AC/DC provide an anthem for Mike to soldier on.

May 10 2019 · 44mins
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Mike Durant - Best-Selling Author and Inspiration for the Movie Black Hawk Down

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Mike Durant - Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Blackhawk helicopter Master Aviator in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Airborne, also known as SOARA

On October 3, 1993, while piloting an MH60 Blackhawk in Mogadishu, Somalia, he was shot down and held captive by hostile forces. He was released eleven days later. He is the author of the NY Times Best Seller In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers.

Today, he credits his harrowing ordeal for his success in business and his personal life.

May 02 2019 · 28mins
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Mike Durant

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Even if you've seen the movie "Black Hawk Down," and know everything about the book by the same title, you'll want to listen to this very special episode with Mike Durant, the pilot who was shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Gothic Serpent in 1993. The level of courage and bravery displayed by him and the other soldiers who fought that long day on October 3rd, 1993, is unmatched. In this episode, Mike takes us through what it's like to fly helicopters for the Army's most elite aviation unit, and what it was like to face an angry mob who wanted him dead, with crippling injuries after being shot out of the sky over Mogadishu. Listen and get a perspective on the Battle of Mogadishu and the story of "Black Hawk Down" you just can't get from book or film. Hear from someone who lived through and survived the very worst moments of that battle on this incredible episode of Hazard Ground! "In the Company of Heroes: The Personal Story Behind Black Hawk Down" | "The Night Stalkers" | www.pinnaclesolutionsinc.com
Oct 09 2017 · 1hr 9mins
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RWS 34 – Special Operations Aviation with Mike Durant

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Flying long range assault missions at extremely low altitudes on NVGs with a cabin full of special forces soldiers is all in a days work for the men and women of the 160th Special Operations Regiment. Mike Durant was a Blackhawk element flight lead with the ‘Night Stalkers’ and in this interview talks about his flying career.

Mike Durant is the only surviving crew member of Super Six Four, a special operations blackhawk shot down by RPG fire in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. He was severely injured in the crash and then captured and held hostage for 11 days.

The events of the mission were later captured in the book and movie ‘Blackhawk Down’. Prior to 1993 the 160th organisation was almost completely unknown even within US Army Aviation circles.

MH-60 of the 160th SOAR (A) with a variety of mission equipment fitted.

You might not know that Mike returned to flying duties with the 160th after recovering from his injuries and continued to fly in the unit for a number of years after that.

His career leading up to joining the Night Stalkers and prior to 1993 is also fascinating stuff and an insight into the skills and attitudes that it takes to get right to the top of the rotary wing pecking order. He took part in the US invasion of Panama in 1989 and was the first helicopter to shoot at a SCUD missile launcher in Iraq. Mike was also instrumental in the development process of the Direct Action Penetrator armed Blackhawk.

These are an amazing group of aviators and their support teams.

Some of the currencies they need to keep up: Instrument flying, NVGs, Formation, Aerial gunnery, Rappelling, HALO, Suspended extraction, Air-to-air refueling, Deck landings, HUET + more

Mike recovered from his injuries to return to active service with the 160th SOAR (A) and served out several more years. He now heads up Pinnacle Solutions as the company CEO.

Books co-authored by Mike Durant about his experiences and those of the 160th SOAR

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In this week’s episode:

01:10 Back from Rockhampton and flight in 212 Single
01:50 World Helicopter Day update – now added Tanzania and Panama
02:33 Mike Durant intro
04:08 1993 Operations in Somalia – part of life that happened a long time ago
06:50 First introduction to flying
08:45 Soloing through Army flight school at 7 hours mark
11:41 Medivac posting in Korea – Hueys and Blackhawks
14:39 101st Aviation Regiment – multi-ship, NVGs, sling loads, tactical operations, air assault
16:25 Instructor Pilot course and formation lead
17:10 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment assessment – green platoon, physical requirements, ground nav, air nav without GPS -+30sec, terrain following radars, aerial refueling, IF
21:00 SERE training and stories from the book ‘In The Company of Heroes’
22:10 Progression to Flight Lead
23:15 What it feels like to strap in
24:30 Operational experience prior to Somalia
29:10 Chip light in middle of mission
31:17 Direct Action Penetrator Blackhawks – Hellfire, 30mm cannons, rockets and miniguns, air-to-air missiles
36:35 Pet hate of the Blackhawk
38:55 Flight profiles in Somalia – 15-20 ship formations over the roof tops, 50/50 Day vs Night
43:45 Mission on the day of being shot down
48:56 Looking down at full left pedal but yawing right
51:12 Hit the ground still spinning
55:25 Ground battle and actions leading to posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon, Mike is only survivor and carried away by mob
59:45 Other aviation stories from the mission
1:06:30 Piracy in modern day Somalia
1:09:45 Transition back into civilian life
1:11:50 Pinnacle Solutions – Mike’s company pinnaclesolutionsinc.com/
1:14:30 Flying advice to pass on
1:18:10 Episode Sponsors trainmorepilots.com

Links from this week’s episode:
Mike is now CEO of pinnaclesolutionsinc.com/
Warrior Foundation/
In The Company of Heroes – Mike’s own look at the events of his capture and career
The Night Stalkers: Top Secret Missions of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment
World Helicopter Day

This is a recording of a talk that Mike gave to the US Army War College about the military background and lessons learnt from the operations in Somalia. They had requested a tank as the Search and Rescue vehicle but had been denied.
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00:25 into this video you can see the Littlebirds making an approach to the roads in Mogadishu and the dust being through up.

DAP Blackhawk Firepower Demonstration

If you’ve been inspired by Mike’s career or have a question about the episode then keep the conversation going in the comments below.

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Aug 11 2015 · 1hr 20mins