P-38 Ace, P-51 Ace, F4 Pilot Viet Nam, Robin Olds

There are 600 limited edition prints in this series. Print Size 12×18″

Robin Olds only signed 300 of the prints.

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Limited Edition, Signed by the Ace. $95.00

All signatures by both the Aviator and the Artist is done in soft graphic pencil.

P-38 Ace, P-51 Ace, and four Mig’s over Viet Nam.

Artwork and research is by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

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This is my original painting of the Phantom I painted for the print. Painting size is 2×4 feet and is available for sale. $1,250.00

General Robin Olds

By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

Robin Olds served two tours flying a total of 107 missions during World War Two. Many of his missions was long-range bomber escort. He also flew what was many missions called “rhubarb missions” which was where the squadron would seek targets of opportunity. Robin attacked and strafed several enemy airfields in both the P-38 and the P-51. They would also look for trains, shipping, barge traffic, motor convoys and other facilities.

Robin was an Ace in both the P-38 Lighting and the P-51 Mustang. As the war ended he was the commanded the 434th Squadron. Robin Olds was a Major at the age of 22 credited with 24.5 combat victories. Thirteen victories in aerial combat and 11.5 on the ground.

When the war in Vietnam started Robin Olds requested a transfer to the conflict area. In September 1966 Olds became commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon, Thailand. He was a forty-four year old Colonel flying combat missions in an F-4 Phantom named “Scat XXVII.” Donning a swash buckling handle bar moustache, Robin cut a figure that was bigger than life. His men revered him and followed him with complete obedience. Robin Olds was the type of commanding officer that led his men into combat.

Robin earned his second Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver Star on January 2, 1967 when he downed a Mig-21 during “Operation Bolo.” His third Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded for “exemplary airmanship, exemplary heroism, and indomitable aggressiveness” in a low level bombing run against the Thai Ngyen steel mill. Robin knew how to come in fast and low. He said the Phantom was a natural for this type of attack.

Olds also received the Air Force Cross for participating in the Paul Doumier Bridge Raid. During his tour in Vietnam Olds flew a total of 152 combat missions with 115 missions over North Vietnam. Olds shot down two Mig 17’s and two Mig 21’s in aerial combat raising his aerial combat score to seventeen. Robin longed to get a fifth Mig to become an ace of the Vietnam war but he was considered too valuable to end up as a P.O.W. Robin Olds was taken out of the cockpit kicking and screaming.

After his tour in Vietnam he was promoted to Brigadier General and served three years as the Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy.

This was a job that Olds enjoyed and he told me that it was one of his best assignments. His presence among our best young pilots inspired thousands. He retired as the Chief of Safety of the United States Air Force in 1973.

His many awards are the Air Force Cross, The Silver Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with thirty-nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the Royal Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the French Croix de Guerre, and two South Vietnam awards, the DSO, and the Air Gallantry Medal.

To read more about the adventures of Robin Olds you will be interested in my E-Book or Pay Site. Both will have full stories of all the aviators I have worked with.

Believe me, it will be worth it!

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Olds and one of his Mustangs.

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Robin and the artist. This guy kept myself and several others entertained for hours on several occasions.

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