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Friday, May 07, 2021

Risky Air Ambush in Vietnam

Legendary fighter pilot, Colonel Robin Olds, sets an intricate trap for the North Vietnamese MiG-21's. His Squadron, the Wolfpack, disguise their lethal F-4 Phantoms as vulnerable bombers.

VIDEO HERE  (45:12 minutes)

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  1. This guy was a brilliant tactician. Or he had the smarts to listen to the smart guys around him.

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    1. He was smart, tough, fair and competitive. He earned the respect, admiration and love of his men. There are other videos about him. He flew far more missions than he is credited with.

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  2. His helmet, flight suit and the F-4 he used are in the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Free admission and worth a trip.

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    1. The A-10 they have on display is one I worked on early in my career. It’s an old 353 TFS, 354 TFW Hawg from Myrtle Beach AFB. I did my first 3 years as a crew chief with the 353rd and retired with the same unit 21 years later after it became the 353 Combat Training Squadron at Eielson AFB, Alaska. Great airplane to wrench on...

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  3. Magnificent mustache, too.

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  4. Olds' book Fighter Pilot, finished after his death by one of his daughters, is a must read.

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    1. As are the two books by coauthor Ed Rasimus : "When Thunder Rolled" and "Palace Cobra". Warrior autobiography at its best.

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  5. Read the story a few times. Watched the documentary on him and other aces a few times. The funniest part is how stupid the enemy was.

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  6. I wouldn't bet on "stupid"; I'd bet on "you must do what we tell you to do, and how, or ELSE.

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