Lessons from a legendary Fighter Pilot--Matt 'Freq' Casey

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Lt Col. Matt ‘Freq’ Casey is a legend in the Fighter Pilot community. He’s shot the most high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM) in combat, he’s a graduate of the prestigious Air Force Weapons School, and recently retired after a 23 year career in the Air Force.

He’s flown combat missions in Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, and Allied Force while shooting 11 HARM missiles at enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites.

Freq is best described as a warrior monk. Aside from his military accomplishments, it’s his mindset that sets him apart. He likens flying to art and through creativity and discipline he is able to bring out the best pilot possible.

In this wide ranging conversation, he goes into what it’s like to be shot at, the time he put an F-16 out of control, and what makes a great pilot. He also discusses his mediation routine, why he gave up drinking, and what it means to be a man.

Lt Col Matt 'Freq' Casey retired in July 2018 having been known as the best damn fighter pilot to ever touch an F-16. He proudly accepts any challenges to this claim.
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