The Fighter Pilot’s Survival Guide

I was reading the current Smithsonian Air & Space magazine and came across this – Apparently Germany’s Oswald Boelcke wrote the book on tactics that, despite all the changes in performance and electronics – still sound doctrine.

All this from almost 100 years ago.

Didn’t realize too that Robin Olds, American ace, used to turn off most of his electronics in his F4 over Vietnam and just concentrate on the basics…

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  1. “Didn’t realize too that Robin Olds, American ace, used to turn off most of his electronics in his F4 over Vietnam and just concentrate on the basics…”

    And that’s because, well, Robin Olds. 😀

  2. There was NOVA, years ago, with Olds, where he described just that.Something like;
    “The Sidewinders were always growling. Turn them off. There was a nice kid in my back-seat, Steve Croker, I put him on cold-mike. There was always someone yelling on Guard. I’d turn that off. The radar warning receivers got turned off.”
    This is only from recollection from years ago. If I could find that show, I’d buy it.
    Olds was quite a guy…

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