August 14, 2010 - Tribute to Fighter Pilot Brig Gen Robin Olds
What: Tribute to Brig. Gen. Robin Olds USAF (Ret.)
Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
When: Friday, August 20, 2010
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $45 per person; Robin Olds Wingman: $100
Beneficiary: educational programs for the museum
Presenting Sponsor(s): Boeing
Executive Director: Greg Anderson, Director of Wings Over the Rockies Museum
Speaker: Chris Olds, Gen. Bob Titus, JB Stone, Ron Torgler, Charlie Johnson, Bill Hodgkins (Boeing)
Planning Committee: Charlie Johnson, Ron Torgler
Blacktie Photos by: David Shults
Chris Olds is awarded an honorary member of the River Rats
A committee of friends and fellow pilots re-created an old-fashioned Friday night O'Club atmosphere, surrounded by the F-4 Phantom, F-105 Thunderchief and other aircraft of the Vietnam War at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on August 20, 2010 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Robin Olds (USAF ret.). Olds flew the F-4 in 152 missions as commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, achieving 4 aerial victories, making him a "triple ace" when added to his 12 WWII victories in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs. JB Stone, Ron Fogleman, Dale Boggie, Charlie Johnson, Mason Whitney and others were among the planning committee.
Olds died in 2007, but his life is memorialized in a recent book, "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds," by co-authors Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus. Daughter Christina and Rasimus were on hand to autograph copies of the book at the Tribute event. The book has received widespread critical acclaim, re-counting Olds' colorful career, including his West Point days, wartime exploits, flying experiences and unique leadership style.
Olds returned from Southeast Asia to become Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy. The Air Force Association of Graduates and West Point Society also helped to plan the event. Olds retired in Steamboat Springs.
Olds was also the founder of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots "River Rats." Since their founding, the River Rats have grown to 3,500 members and have made numerous contributions to the community. The River Rats have given out over $2 million in scholarships to kids who have lost a parent in military service.
Past President of the River Rats Bob Gadd made special note of the many contributions of Robin's daughter, Chris Olds. Chris was awarded as the first honorary member of the River Rats by unanimous decision of the board of the River Rats.