The Kitty Hawk F-101C finds a good home
That fershlugginah F-101C has found a good home, where it will be honored and respected, and seen only from a distance of 3 feet through glass.
Christina Olds gave a presentation today out at Planes of Fame about her father, the great Robin Olds. Afterwards, I pulled the model from the collection and gave it to her, to display at the Robin Olds Museum up at Sonoma County Airport in northern California.
Robin’s last flying command before taking over the Wolfpack in Thailand in 1966 was Wing Commander of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, the only operator of the F-101A/C. It was an ironic assignment for him, since the 81st’s assignment was medium range nuclear strike – essentially flying in to eastern Europe/western USSR for nuclear delivery. It was essentially a one-way mission, since the target was well past the “point of no return” for the aircraft. The pilots were expected to drop their weapon, fly back as far as they could, eject, and “establish contact with indigenous resistance forces” (as if they existed!) after dropping an A-bomb on their country. The order to bail out meant the Chair Farce could claim it wasn’t a kamikaze mission.
What was ironic in the assignment was that Robin Olds was one of the most passionate opponents of nuclear war in the Air Force, consistently arguing from the get-go that there was no logical explanation of nuclear war that was logical or made sense from any perspective.
As Christina told me, she’s got tons of models of his P-38s and P-51s and F-4s, and no F-101. The museum also has an F4C painted up as “869”.
Should you ever get a chance to hear one of her presentations, do so. She provides a look at Robin Olds that provides information about the man you wouldn’t expect to be the case.