Fighter Pilot by Robin Olds
The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

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Please note:  This ebook edition does not include the photo insert from the print edition. The widely anticipated memoir of legendary ace American fighter pilot, Robin Olds

Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. A graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army, Olds was one of the toughest college football players at the time. In WWII, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—and an ace with 12 aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He arrived in 1966 to find a dejected group of pilots and motivated them by placing himself on the flight schedule under officers junior to himself, then challenging them to train him properly because he would soon be leading them. Proving he wasn’t a WWII retread, he led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills, becoming a rare triple ace.  Olds (who retired a brigadier general and died in 2007) was a unique individual whose personal story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.


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Robin Olds (1922-2007) was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. A triple ace, he achieved a combined total of 16 victories in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. Born into an army family in Honolulu and raised in Virginia, he was educated at West Point, where he was an All American football player. He fought in Europe during World War II, and was regarded as the best wing commander in the Vietnam War. He was promoted to brigadier general after Vietnam, and also served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Christina Olds is the daughter of Robin Olds. She holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Vassar. Ed Rasimus is a retired USAF fighter pilot whose books on the Vietnam air war include When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra.
Published April 7, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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At the outset Sims disavows any attempt to be definitive; rather this is ""for those interested in the fascinating story of the air and the great pilots, and how they considerably affected the outcome of wars, establishing the principles of air power."" A former fighter pilot himself and author o...

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A combat pilot remembers Vietnam—the MiGs, the flak, the high jinks and the target limitations.

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By page 72 of "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds," the first real bomb drops on the reader as Olds details the days he was on a three-day pass from the war to stroll London.

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