Tag: Robin Olds

Robin Olds ranked #2 out of 34 for best pilot mustache, bested only by Orville Wright. Do you agree?
The list includes legendary pilots such as Adolf Galland, Chesley Sullenberger, Glenn Curtiss, René Fonck and…. Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf Throughout history, mustaches have been worn by military men. In fact along with a sense of dash, a disrespect for authority and a dog, the male pilot should have a moustache.
New Pensacola Bay bridge could be named after Operation Bolo Hero Gen. Daniel Chappie James
In Southeast Asia, Gen. Chappie James served as deputy commander for operations and later vice wing commander of the 8th TFW. Along with Robin Olds, James formed a strong leadership and combat team, inevitably dubbed “Black Man and Robin.” As reported by Pensacola News Journal, the new Pensacola Bay bridge...
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...
OV-1 Vs MiG-17: the story of how the Mohawk became a MiG killer
The Mohawk wasn’t supposed to shoot down a MiG, a thing that actually the aircraft did during the Vietnam War The OV-1 achieved the only U.S. Army air-to-air victory during the Vietnam War. Developed to meet the U.S. Army requirement for a small, two seat, twin engine, surveillance aircraft, the Grumman OV-1 was a complete battlefield surveillance aircraft that would supply...
  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...