Tag: Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base

Pardo's Push: how an F-4 pushed a crippled F-4
"Drop your tail-hook!" Pardo cried. The steel tail-hook, designed to halt the aircraft after landing on an aircraft carrier, was nothing if not strong — seriously strong. The following article contains excerpts from the story titled Stars And Stripes appeared in Richard Pike’s book Phantom Boys Volume 2. Pardo's Push Some thirty miles north of Hanoi at a place called Thai Nguyen, an...
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...
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...