Tag: 8th Tactical Fighter Wing

Read the ode Robin Olds wrote to the F-4 Phantom II
"It’s an unusual pilot . . who does not give his bird a private touch of loving gratitude before he leaves her nest," Col. Robin Olds, 8th TFW Commander at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base This short piece of prose was phrased by the legendary USAF triple ace Robin Olds, commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) at Ubon...
Col. John "JB" Stone, the pilot who devised Operation Bolo, flies with the Wolf Pack one more time
  Over some cheap beers with Olds and critical thought of the resources available, Col. John "JB" Stone devised the plan that would later become a pivotal point in aviation history Everyone knows the moment the Wolf Pack was born in 1967 under the leadership of Robin Olds, but some may not know where the idea to disguise F-4s as F-105s...
The legendary triple ace Robin Olds and Mustache March tradition
The act of growing a mustache as a gesture of defiance against dogmatic leadership is attributed to USAF "triple ace" Robin Olds Throughout history, mustaches have been worn by military men. Generally, young men and lower ranks displayed smaller, less elaborate mustaches. As a man advanced in rank, his mustache would become thicker and bushier, until he was permitted to...
  Olds shot down a MiG-21, and his 8th TFW F-4 aircrews shot down six others - about half of VPAF operational force - with no USAF losses As the U.S. Air Force (USAF) bids farewell to its last QF-4s, we celebrate the Phantom retirement remembering the unique role played by the mighty F-4 during Operation Bolo, the famous Vietnam War deception-based mission...