zanl188
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BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:48 am

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

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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:39 am

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.

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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:48 am

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.
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:58 am

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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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:52 pm

RIP, my friend, my Leader

BGen Robin Olds, one of the great US Military Leaders.
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:17 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):
Robin Olds

One of the best pilots that ever lived!
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:31 am

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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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:51 am

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 
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:16 am

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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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:03 am

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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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:03 pm

There will be a memorial service and flyover at the USAFA on July 7th.
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:18 am

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!!
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:48 am

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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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:28 am

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
 
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:50 pm

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.
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RE: BGen Olds - RIP

Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:09 am

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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