|Birthname||Richard Oldys Jr.|
|born on||14 July 1922 at 09:35 (= 09:35 AM )|
|Place||Honolulu, Hawaii, 21n18, 157w52|
|Timezone||HST h10w30 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||21°34' 25°38 Asc. 16°18'|
American fighter pilot and general officer in the United States Air Force. He was a "triple ace", with a combined total of 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a brigadier general, after 30 years of service.
The son of Army Air Forces Major General Robert Olds, educated at West Point, and the product of an upbringing in the early years of the United States Army Air Corps, Olds epitomized the youthful World War II fighter pilot. He remained in the service as it became the United States Air Force, despite often being at odds with its leadership, and was one of its pioneer jet pilots. Rising to the command of two fighter wings, Olds is regarded among aviation historians, and his peers, as the best wing commander of the Vietnam War, for both his air-fighting skills, and his reputation as a combat leader.
Olds was promoted to brigadier general after returning from Vietnam but did not hold another major command. The remainder of his career was spent in non-operational positions, as Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy and as an official in the Air Force Inspector General's Office. His inability to rise higher as a general officer is attributed to both his maverick views and his penchant for drinking.
Olds had a highly publicized career and life, including marriage to Hollywood actress Ella Raines. As a young man he was also recognized for his athletic prowess in both high school and college, being named an All-American as a lineman in college football. Olds expressed his philosophy regarding fighter pilots in the quote: "There are pilots and there are pilots; with the good ones, it is inborn. You can't teach it. If you are a fighter pilot, you have to be willing to take risks."
In March 2007 Olds was hospitalized in Colorado for complications of Stage 4 prostate cancer. On the evening of 14 June 2007 he died from congestive heart failure in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a month before his 85th birthday.
- sibling relationship with Vidal, Gore (born 3 October 1925). Notes: Stepbrothers
- Relationship : Divorce dates 1976 (Ella Raines)
Sy Scholfield provided birth news, The Honolulu Advertiser, 15 July 1922, page 7, born at Kauikeolani Children's Hospital.
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate)
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Terminal)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Heavy drinker)
- Family : Childhood : Family noted (Father, Robert Olds, Major General)
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (29 years with Ella Raines)
- Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Ella Raines, actress)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Congestive heart failure)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 84)
- Vocation : Military : Combat
- Vocation : Military : Honors
- Vocation : Military : Military career (Brigadier general)
- Vocation : Military : Military service (World War II, Vietnam War)
- Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession ("Triple ace" fighter pilot)