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Old 06-17-2007, 03:47 PM   #1
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We all suffered a loss here

This week we lost a really great man who loved his Country and proved it many times. Some of us knew him, some heard of him, but we all benefited from his presence. Robin Olds passed away this week. What a guy!
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:36 PM   #2
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OK, I believe you! But I/we have never heard of him. What did he do for us all?

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Old 06-17-2007, 04:37 PM   #3
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Was he on the forum? What was his username?
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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He was a fighter ace and then some.
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Old 06-17-2007, 06:11 PM   #5
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Three words: Tactical air warfare.

Things would probably be different in the U.S. today without his vision.

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Old 06-17-2007, 06:46 PM   #6
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True story here. When I was a small child, I had a 14 volume aviation encyclopedia set. The picture under "Fighter Pilot" was Olds. He became my biggest hero, and I set about doing everything I could to become a USAF officer.

Many years later, as a cadet at the USAF Academy, I took the first course on the history of the Vietnam War that was offered at any of the service academies. My instructor invited Olds in to discuss Operation Bollo (Look it up on Wikipedia, if you're interested. They have a comprehensive entry on Old himself as well.). There were only ten students in that class, so I got plenty of time to ask him questions.

Imagine that. Getting to meet your boyhood hero, and getting college credit for asking him about his exploits! Two years ago at Oshkosh, I got a chance to talk to him again, and had him sign a model of a P-51 for me. What a character. I'm not sure if he ever had an Airstream, but I can assure you that nobody has ever put riveted aluminum to more effective use.
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HE SOUNDED GREAT, AND I WILL MEET HIM IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.. MY FATHER N LAW WAS A WW2 PILOT, HE IS IN HEAVEN WITH HIM, BOY THE STORIES THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:05 PM   #8
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A great ace

Funny that this thread came to my attention after just having watched a show last night on the History Channel called Dogfights.The show re-enacts different air battles using computer animation and was well done.
In it Olds was interviewed on his participation in several wars.I believe he used the word engagements instead of dogfights and recounted stories flying his P-38 in WW2 and I believe the F4 Phantom in the Vietnam War.'Operation Bolo' was prominently covered.
He was a great leader, a great tactical pilot,forward thinker,well liked and respected by fellow pilots and most of all a great man.
A great loss indeed.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:06 PM   #9
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We have lost a great person.
I saw him many times on the Military Channel/Wings and the History.
He came across as very colorful.
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As Wing Commander, Colonel Olds had an exec named Chappie James, who was an African American. They were known as Blackman and Robin. Both made general officer eventually--Daniel "Chappie" James was a leader and exemplary officer in his own right.

Speaking of eventually, I think General Olds holds the record for time in grade as a Colonel. He made Colonel in the last days of WWII and wasn't promoted to Brigadier until about 1967. The usual time in grade as a colonel, for anyone who evertually makes general officer, is about 4 years.

Olds was aggressive, quick, and a real tactical thinker, but like many combat officers with that kind of talent, he sometimes didn't exhibit the peacetime graces. Yes, there are stories there and no, I won't tell them.

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