Olds, Robin, Brig Gen

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Brigadier General
Primary Unit
1971-1973, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC), Air Force Inspector General (AFIG)
Service Years
1943 - 1973
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Brigadier General

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Home Town
Last Address
Steamboat Springs, CO

Date of Passing
Jun 14, 2007
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationPost 291National Aviation Hall of FameHistorical Airmen
  1960, American Fighter Aces Association
  1975, American Legion, Post 291 (Newport Beach, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2001, National Aviation Hall of Fame
  2016, Historical Airmen [Verified]

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U N I T E D   S T A T E S   A I R   F O R C E

Retired June 1, 1973.   Died June 14, 2007.

Brigadier General Robin Olds is the director of aerospace safety in the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, a separate operating agency and an organization of the Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. General Olds has worldwide responsibility for the development and implementation of policies, standards and procedures for programs in safety education, accident investigation and analysis, human factors research, and safety inspection to prevent and reduce accidents in Air Force activities.

General Olds was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Army Air Corps Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Robert Olds. He spent his boyhood days in the Hampton, Va., area where he attended elementary and high school. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and was commissioned as second lieutenant in June 1943. A member of the academy football team, he was selected as All-American tackle in 1942. He completed pilot training in 1943.

General Olds is rated a triple ace, having shot down a total of 17 enemy aircraft during World War II and the Vietnam War. He began his combat flying in a P-38 Lightning named "Scat 1" during World War II, and at the end of the war he was flying "Scat VII," a P-51 Mustang, and was credited with 107 combat missions and 24.5 victories, 12 aircraft shot down and 11 1/2 aircraft destroyed on the ground.

During the Vietnam War in October 1966, General Olds entered combat flying in Southeast Asia in "Scat XXVII," an F-4 Phantom II. He completed 152 combat missions, including 105 over North Vietnam. Utilizing air-to-air missiles, he shot down over North Vietnam two Mig-17 and two Mig-21 aircraft, two of these on one mission.

General Olds was wing man on the first jet acrobatic team in the Air Force and won second place in the Thompson Trophy Race (Jet Division) at Cleveland in 1946. He participated in the first one-day, dawn-to-dusk, transcontinental roundtrip flight in June 1946 from March Field, Calif., to Washington, D.C., and return.

His duty assignments in England, Germany, Libya, Thailand and the United States have included positions as squadron, base, group and wing commander; staff assignments in a numbered Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is a graduate of the National War College, 1963.

In February 1946 General Olds started flying P-80 jets at March Field, Calif., with the first squadron so equipped. In October 1948 he went to England under the U.S. Air Force - Royal Air Force Exchange Program and served as commander of No. 1 Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Station Tangmere. The squadron was equipped with the Gloster Meteor jet fighter.

He assumed duties as commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in September 1966. He returned to the United States in December 1967 and served as commandant of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy through January 1971.

General Olds assumed the position of director of aerospace safety in the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center at Norton Air Force Base, Calif., in February 1971.

His military decorations and awards include the Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 39 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, British Distinguished Flying Cross, French Croix de Guerre, Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order, Vietnam Air Gallantry Medal with Gold Wings, Vietnam Air Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is a command pilot.

He was promoted to the temporary grade of brigadier general effective June 1, 1968, with date of rank May 28, 1968.

(Current as of June 15, 1972)



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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
479th Fighter Group434th Fighter-Day SquadronDepartment of Defense (DOD)86th Operations Group
81st Tactical Fighter Wing8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackUS Air Force Academy (Staff)Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC), Air Force Inspector General (AFIG)
  1944-1945, 479th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, 434th Fighter-Day Squadron
  1945-Present, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1955-1956, 86th Operations Group
  1963-1965, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1967-1971, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1971-1973, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC), Air Force Inspector General (AFIG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II10
  1961-1973 Vietnam War21
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyNational War College
  1940-1943, United States Military Academy1
  1963-1963, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  
F-101 Voodoo  F-4 Phantom  
  1944-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1946-1948, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star1
  1955-1956, F-86 Sabre
  1963-1965, F-101 Voodoo
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vietnam-era photos20
  WWII-era photos8
  Jul 21, 2001, Enshrinement in the National Aviation Hall of Fame1
  Nov 15, 2003, Aviation Nation 2003 Air Show, Nellis AFB, NV1
  Apr 22, 2005, 2005 Gathering of the Eagles3
  Jul 15, 2006, 2006 National Aviation Hall of Fame President's Dinner1
  Jun 19, 2007, Kunsan Memorial Service Program3
  Jun 30, 2007, Robin Olds' Funeral at the Air Force Academy6
  Jan 05, 2009, Peace Be With You General Olds
  Jun 14, 2009, Dedication of Robin Olds Plaque at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course, Steamboat Springs, CO4
  Nov 07, 2009, Robin Olds' grave just before the Air Force vs. Army game1
  Jul 16, 2010, Daughter of legendary fighter pilot visits Air Force museum1
  Jul 12, 2012, SCAT VII 1
  Feb 19, 2013, General Photos
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