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Brigadier General Robin Olds, Sweet P and Wild Bill
BRIG. GEN. ROBIN OLDS, WILD BILL, SWEET P & T-28s
About 13 years ago or so one of our T-28 flight leads at OSH, Bill Stealey, introduced us to his old college dean of students, otherwise known as the Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy, Gen. Robin Olds. Wild Bill gave Gen. Olds a ride in his T-28 with some of the rest of us tagging along on his wing. Robin Olds typified the fighter pilot and combat officer, and it really was an honor meeting him. And, if memory serves, he complimented the flight on its formation flying. Bill can supply more details.
His daughter is doing a documentary on her dad as a follow up to the book she wrote about him a few years ago. Dan Kirkland and I did a few passes at an air show at the old P-38 training base in Paso Robles, CA, where he once served and sat down for lunch at a table with a nice gal who turned out to be his daughter, Christina. We had a nice chat about her dad. It turns out that Christina is raising money to produce the documentary about her dad through Kickstarter (editor's note fundraising was cancelled March 2016 as Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is producing the film). I think she will do a terrific job on documenting one our country’s real warriors and a worthy man.Through our T-28's, many of us had a chance to meet Gen. Olds and even fly in the same airspace with him. - Ken Karas.
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