Robin Olds

3 reasons why Legendary Ace Robin Olds hated F-4 Phantom II gun pod

3 reasons why Legendary Ace Robin Olds hated F-4 Phantom II gun pod

Operation Bolo In late 1966, the USAF was not permitted to bomb North Vietnamese airfields and could only destroy enemy… Read More

5 months ago

Operation Bolo: how Robin Olds F-4s disguised as F-105s shot down 7 North Vietnamese MiG-21s in 12 minutes

The F-4 Phantom II The F-4 Phantom II is one of the most important fighter aircraft of the jet era.… Read More

7 months ago

The story behind the Wolf Pack F-16 sporting a special tail flash honoring Robin Olds’ F-4C Phantom II

F-16 honoring Robin Olds Taken on Sep. 17, 2023 the interesting photo in this post shows F-16C Fighting Falcon 89-2060… Read More

10 months ago

North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot recalls when his two wingmen were shot down by USAF F-4Cs acting as RF-4Cs in a new tactic devised by Robin Olds four days after Operation Bolo

Col. Robin Olds briefed F-4Cs of the 555th TFS/8th TFW to fly in tight formation along a flightpath regularly used… Read More

1 year ago

The story of when legendary ace Robin Olds put on a Thunderbirds-style show with four F-101s to get off of the promotion list for brigadier general to become a combat wing commander in Vietnam

The F-101s put on a spectacular Thunderbirds-style show ending with the signature "bomb-burst" maneuver. The performance had the desired effect.… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Robin Olds’ “vengeful chase” after North Vietnamese MiG-17s which had shot down his wingman and that resulted in two Fresco kills by Olds

'The MiG pilot had three choices', Brig Gen Robin Olds explained. 'He could bale out, hit that ridge of hills… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know after Robin Olds shot down his Fourth North Vietnamese MiG, he intentionally avoided shooting down a fifth, letting his wingmen take any kills he set up?

New 8th TFW "Wing King" During the Vietnam War a US Air Force (USAF) “Wing King” was not expected to… Read More

2 years ago

Falcon Frustration: the F-4D, the AIM-4D and the mission that prevented Robin Olds from becoming a jet ace

Early F-4Ds had in important alteration in their secondary air-to-air armament. While the AIM-7 Sparrow was retained, AIM-9 Sidewinder wiring… Read More

3 years ago

[Updated] Former F-106 pilot explains why the Delta Dart – although fast and agile – was never used in Vietnam

The F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) from the 1960s through… Read More

3 years ago

USAF Academy unveils Air Warrior Combat Memorial honoring ace pilot Robin Olds and air power

Robin Olds was a “triple ace" with 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War and commandant of… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-8 pilots that instructed USAF F-4 crews in ACM, beat them during every engagement and made Robin Olds angry

The Navy pilots destroyed their USAF brethren, to the obvious delight of the F-8 'drivers' and the continued frustration of… Read More

3 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

Read the ode Robin Olds wrote to his F-4 Phantom II

"It’s an unusual pilot . . who does not give his bird a private touch of loving gratitude before he… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago


The act of growing a mustache as a gesture of defiance against dogmatic leadership is attributed to USAF "triple ace"… Read More

6 years ago


The Mohawk wasn’t supposed to shoot down a MiG, a thing that actually the aircraft did during the Vietnam War… Read More

7 years ago