When it comes to Pilot Memoirs it does not get better than this. Not just fantastic flying in aircraft stories but also great insight into the fight in Vietnam and how to be a leader.
An exceptional tale of bravery, devotion, and the huge heart Olds had for his fellow airmen, support teams, and family. I am the son of a former Navy fighter pilot and can only imagine the flying that men like my father and Robin Olds experienced. Olds was a survivor of so many battles and near-fatal mishaps; he must have had a guardian angel when so many around him perished. I truly wish I could have known him. His story is unsuitable for a mere Hollywood film. A life like his would seem too big; too preposterous in its heroism and daring; too politically incorrect -- for the screen to decently capture. I envy men like him who lived so large for so long. My kingdom for a ride on his shoulders for even one mission.
I was with the 432nd TFW at Udorn RTAFB in Thailand for the party. Olds was a great pilot and American hero, and calls out the politicians for the idiocy of the Vietnam War. Sadly, what we learned there in wasted lives and treasure was used by Bush Sr - then undone by the twits and neocons in Bush Jr's administration.
Here is the warrior breed that built this country, and while they are rightly subject to our civilian administration, should never be ignored when considering military adventures overseas. If we're in it, let's win it. Otherwise- stay the hell out of it.
History buff and Heraldic Artist...
This is not only the best fighter pilot memoir I have read (and I've read many) it is a fantastic story of a pilot who has had one of the most storied and fascinating careers in military aviation. Robin Olds is a true American Hero and this book can be listened to (and read) over and over again.
Learned a lot about how it was being a fighter pilot and all the nonsense Olds had to put up with just to do the right thing. His stories, and ups and ands of his life are simply amazing to hear. I rarely reread(or re listen) to books immediately after I finish them but this one deserves another go 'round!
For those who wished they were born in a different era, who wonder about what it would have been like to be a fighter pilot, or looking to learn more about the greatest generation....I highly recommend this book.
I consider this the best book I've experienced on Audible, on any topic.
A perfectly cast narrator made me feel Robin Olds was telling his story. Extremely well written with incredible detail and feeling. Robin Olds was a true American hero I was honored to meet him and had a great conversation with him at the Oshkosh EAA fly in in 2003. The man had an unforgettable presence and personality. At the time I asked if he was writing his story and he said he was working on it. All I have to say is OUTSTANDING job the best autobiography of a fighter pilot ever told.
Robin Olds lived his life at full throttle most of the time. He lived a grand adventure.
He made you feel Robin Olds was telling his story in person.
There were many parts of the story you felt the raw emotions of the situation. Fear of a hairy ride, the elation of victory and the sadness of loss all common in the life of a great Fighter Pilot.
26 years in SAC with the B-52's during the Viet Nam War.
In the top 10%.
His time back in the states trying to get back into combat.
Soul of a Fighter Pilot.
Recommend to non military to see what it is like to be a warrior.