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BGen Olds - RIP  
User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
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BGen Robin Olds, USAF. Triple Ace. 12 kills in WWII, 4 MiGs in Vietnam.

Gone to the Big O' Club in the sky.....

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123057370

RIP General.....

edit: wrong rank

[Edited 2007-06-16 00:49:48]


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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

General Olds was a leader not a manager. The Air Force could use more. He led from the front, not pushing from behind. I always thought his focus was doing the mission instead of his own advancement, another trait that Air Force officer and enlisted leaders would do well to practice.

Dick Jonas, on his Erosonic label, had a nice ballad in honor to General Olds.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineT56A15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

What a great life this man led. A true leader of men, not afraid to do the right thing and placing the right people in leadership positions regardless of rank. Such behavior would never work in this day and age.

User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
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Now there was fighter pilot!  bigthumbsup  And one of my boyhood heroes.

Rest In Peace BGen Olds, you were one of the best this country ever had. May your legacy of Leadership live on.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

RIP, my friend, my Leader

BGen Robin Olds, one of the great US Military Leaders.


User currently offlinePJFlysFast From United States of America, joined May 2006, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):
Robin Olds

One of the best pilots that ever lived!


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Rest in peace, General Olds. You've done your duty, and the United States is still what she is today, because of men like you. You have my heartfelt appreciation. Please pass along my regards to another hero, General Jimmy Stewart, when you see him.


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User currently offlineRomeoKC10FE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

I believe the General was famous for a tactic he used against the NVAF, he knew the Migs wouldn't come up and play with the Phantoms so he devised a ruse. He had his boys fly in the formation the F-105's used and they used their call signs while talking to each other. Well the NVAF thought they were the more vulnerable Thunderchiefs and came up to intercept them, Olds and his boys tore into them!!  tombstone 

User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Many, many years ago I heard that BG Olds ran afoul of the USAF leadership because--of the length of his mustache! The story went that he wasn't exactly in compliance with Air Force grooming standards and was asked to trim it. Being Robin Olds, of course he did as he saw fit. Has anyone else heard this? I'd be interested to know whether this is true or hot air.

RIP General. May God bless you and keep you.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2512 times:

RIP

this guy was an incredible pilot and leader....ace pilot and the hard drinking hard charging warrior the Air Force was almost loathe to keep, but could not live without....



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

There will be a memorial service and flyover at the USAFA on July 7th.


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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

One of my favorite Robin Olds story has to do with his renowned mustache.
The U.S. Military Academies all have three identical rules; no horse, no spouse, no mustache.
When General Olds became commandant of the Air Force Academy, he participated in the change of command ceremony. At the ceremony, the entire corps of cadets march in a review before the old and the new commandant.
3500 cadets, male and female, wore paper mustaches.
I think it would be very hard to show a better sign of respect for such a individual than that!!


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

BG Olds comes from a time when you were allowed to be true to ones self. He led by example, he was a man if you were working for him that when in combat you would rather die yourself than have disappointed him. Unfortanetly in todays miltary men like him probably would have never made past Major or Capt. This country needs men like him now to be bold in the face of the enemy and just do it. He came from the school of its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. If I remember he planned Operation Bolo without any input from the higher brass.


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User currently offlineRomeoKC10FE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 2326 times:

Quoting RomeoKC10FE (Reply 7):
believe the General was famous for a tactic he used against the NVAF, he knew the Migs wouldn't come up and play with the Phantoms so he devised a ruse. He had his boys fly in the formation the F-105's used and they used their call signs while talking to each other. Well the NVAF thought they were the more vulnerable Thunderchiefs and came up to intercept them, Olds and his boys tore into them!!



Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 12):
If I remember he planned Operation Bolo without any input from the higher brass.

Here's a good link.

http://www.acepilots.com/vietnam/olds_bolo.html


User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2285 times:

If I remember correctly, Bob Hope called him and his unit the "Largest MiG Parts Distributor in SE Asia."

It is a shame there aren't anymore like him in today's day and age.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

There was a big flyover yesterday at the USAFA. Lots of different aircraft from different eras:

1x P-51
1x MiG 17
2x F-80/T-33
4x F-4E
4x F-16

Don't know who flies the Mustang for these, but I've seen it before for WWII vet memorials at the academy. Does anyone know where the 4-ship of Phantoms came from? They were all painted light grey ont he bottoms, didn't see the upper surfaces. No orange though, they definitely weren't marked up as QF-4s.



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