Nation: The Old Man & the MIGs

In World War II, a fighter pilot was considered past his prime at 25, his reflexes and aggressiveness dangerously eroded. Even in Korea, the younger jet jockeys sneered over their bourbon at the middle-aged reserve officers who joined in dogfights with Red Chinese MIGs over the 38th parallel. Yet America's top MIG killer in the swirling scuffles over North Viet Nam these days is a greying, 44-year-old Air Force colonel who won his first aerial victories a generation ago against German Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs.

Last week Fighter Pilot Robin ("Old Man") Olds, commander of...

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