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AA Podcast #7: Vincent Aiello, US Navy Top Gun

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 17, 2018

On this podcast our guest is Vincent Aiello, call sign Jell-O, a 25-year veteran of the United States Navy and qualified Top Gun instructor.

His career as a naval aviator took him all over the world and he was involved in several operational deployments, including to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch in the late 1990s.

Aiello is rated on several types, including the A-4 Skyhawk, the Classic Hornet, the Super Hornet, the F-16, the Boeing 717 and soon the 757.

If you’ve never heard the story of getting carrier qualified and what it is like to take a lap around the boat then you’re in for a real treat on this podcast.


Outside of aviation, Aiello resides in San Diego with his wife and two sons and keeps busy with his job as an airline pilot and the host of the Fighter Pilot Podcast.

Aiello’s passion for naval aviation is infectious and it is my pleasure to be able to share his stories with you.

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Comment (1)

  • Paul Merritt


    Quite a flying career for sure but well and truly beaten in the ‘traps’ department by USN Ret’d Capt. John Leenhouts who accomplished 1,645 traps during his Naval career.

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