|Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF|
July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007
When General Olds passed away back in June of 2007, I posted his picture outside of my cubicle, bordered in black. This one as a matter of fact:
|Colonel Olds preflighting his F-4C Phantom before a combat mission in Southeast Asia, circa Sept 1967, while serving as the Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.|
At his funeral there was a missing man formation executed by four F-4 Phantoms. Normally the element lead will pull up and out of the formation (see next diagram)
At General Olds' funeral at the Air Force Academy, the flight lead executed the maneuver. A tribute to General Olds leadership.
|Photo of the missing man formation for General Olds.|
(Fuzzy but it's all I could find...)
The following video actually features gun camera footage from General Olds' aircraft in World War II.
We could use a few more like him in the modern Air Force, hell, we could use a lot more like him!