As stated in the summary of her book, Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, Robin Olds was many things to many people. To his West Point football coach he was an All American destined for the National College Football Hall of Fame. To his P-38 and P-51 wartime squadrons in WWII he was the aggressive fighter pilot who made double ace and became their commander in nine short months. For the pioneers of the jet age, he was the wingman on the first jet demo team, a racer in the Thompson Trophy race, and the only U.S. exchange officer to command an RAF squadron. In the tabloid press he was the dashing flying hero who married the glamorous movie star. For the current crop of fighter pilots he is best known as the leader of the F-4 Wolfpack battling over North Vietnam. For cadets at the Air Force Academy he was a role model and mentor. He was all of those things and more.
Cascade Warbirds Squadron Commander Ron Morrell met Christina Olds at a recent aviation convention and arranged for her to come to Seattle for this weekend’s meeting. “Her presentation of her father’s life and career with personal details and anecdotes is something every person with military experience or interest in history will find to be amazing,” he said. “This is a unique opportunity for our entire community.”
The Cascade Warbirds meeting will be the Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, North View Lounge. It will begin at 10:00AM with a short introduction, then Christina Olds presentation, and organizational business to follow.
Cascade Warbirds, is Squadron #2 of EAA Warbirds of America. With over 250 members, it is the largest Squadron in WoA. Membership is centered in the Puget Sound area, extends throughout Washington, and also from British Columbia to Nevada, with others all across the continent. Its mission is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft (Keep ‘em Flying), to honor Veterans, and to engage in aviation education.
On the web at http://www.cascadewarbirds.org
For further information contact: Kerry Edwards