Air Warrior Combat Memorial and Robin Olds
The USAF Academy graduating class of 1971
proudly announces the official approval of the Air Warrior
Combat Memorial (AWCM). The memorial will feature a Life
sized bronze figure sculpture of Brigadier General Robin
Olds flanked by three bronze aircraft in 1/6th
scale representing the three aircraft General Olds flew in
two wars to become a triple ACE: the P-38, P-51, and the
The memorial project was conceived as a class gift to the
Academy from the Class of 1971 and has been in planning and
development for four years. The original concept was to
create a statue to honor Robin Olds. However, the class soon
realized that the core values of the “Warrior Ethos” which
defined Olds’ career were inseparable from his legacy. With
this guiding principle, the AWCM evolved and will serve to
honor all Air Force Warriors who “fly and fight” in harm’s
The AWCM has been approved for location at the B-52 airpark
near the North Gate of the Academy and will be open to the
public during Academy visiting hours with access through the
North gate. The dedication will be scheduled for the class
of 71’s forty-fifth reunion in the fall of 2016.
While the primary portion of the funding for the AWCM will
be borne by the Class of 1971, the class welcomes
participation from all who respect the Air Warrior Ethos, as
well as friends and admirers of Robin Olds. The fund raising
campaign is currently being coordinated with the USAFA
Endowment Group, and donations will be gratefully accepted.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the project or donate may
visit the memorial website at
(note: address is .org not .com) You may also just Google
“Robin Olds, Air Warrior.” The web site donate button will
link to the USAFA Endowment donation page.
The Class of 1971 thanks you in advance for your support for
this important project. We hope you will join us in honoring
Robin Olds and all Air Warriors.
Please post and forward this press release.
Frank Morgan, President USAFA Class of 1971
Robin Olds Portrait Sculpture for AWCM
Larger images may be found
and copied on the "Warrior
photographs and details of this sculpture may be seen at