Never doubt the power of the stache

Robin Olds, a triple ace with 16 confirmed kills, four in Vietnam and 12 in the European Theater of WWII. Seen here at the controls of his F4 Phantom, 1966.

Robin Olds, a triple ace with 16 confirmed kills, four in Vietnam and 12 in the European Theater of WWII. Seen here at the controls of his F4 Phantom, 1966.

The rakish gentleman with the Tom Selleck lip lizard is USAF Col (later Brig, Gen) Robin Olds. Olds was a “triple ace” whose father was one of the founders of U.S. combat aviation. Born in 1922, Olds attempted to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 at age 17 but was thwarted by his father’s refusal to approve his enlistment papers. Instead he went on to West Point and by 1943 was flying P-38s.

Over the next 30 years he racked up a combined total of 16 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War where he had updated his ride to the F-4 Phantom.

United States Air Force Colonel Robin Olds stands in front of his F-4C Phantom II “SCAT XXVII”. Olds named  all of his aircraft after his Westpoint roommate, Scat Davis, who couldn’t become a military pilot due to poor eyesight. (USAF photos via the National Museum of the USAF)

United States Air Force Colonel Robin Olds stands in front of his F-4C Phantom II “SCAT XXVII”. Olds named all of his aircraft after his Westpoint roommate, Scat Davis, who couldn’t become a military pilot due to poor eyesight. Note the MIG kills on the intake. (USAF photos via the National Museum of the USAF)

painting a kill marker on his bird

Painting a kill marker on his bird. Dig the old school .38

He finished his career as commandant of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

More on Olds here.

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