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Robin Olds
Colonel Robin Olds with his trademark mustache, conducting a pre-combat mission walk around inspection of his F-4 fighter, at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, circa Sept 1967.
Birth name Robert Oldys Jr.
Born (1922-07-14)July 14, 1922
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died June 14, 2007(2007-06-14) (aged 84)
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States
Buried at United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Flag of the United States Air Force United States Air Force
Years of service 1943–1973
Rank US Air Force O7 shoulderboard rotated.svg Brigadier General
Commands held 8th Tactical Fighter Wing
81st Tactical Fighter Wing
86th Fighter-Interceptor Group
No. 1 Squadron RAF
434th Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars

World War II
Vietnam War

  • Operation Bolo
Awards Air Force Cross
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (6)
Air Medal (40)
Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)
Croix de guerre (France)
Relations Robert Olds (father)

Robin Olds (born July 14, 1922, died June 14, 2007) was a member of the United States Air Force. He was one of the first jet fighter pilots. In World War II, he flew a P-38 Lightning and a P-51 Mustang. In the Vietnam War, he was a commander and was angry about lack of dogfight training. He flew an F-4 Phantom II. In 1973, he retired from the Air Force at the rank of brigadier general. He had made 16 kills (12 in World War II, 4 in Vietnam). He had prostate cancer and died of heart failure.


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