This story is written so well that it should be made into a movie. The life of Robin Olds was one of the most interesting and exciting Air Force careers I have ever read about.
Great story of a great fighter pilot. Not a lot of discussion on leadership philosophy like I had hoped would be there.
I was in the USAF from 1972-1993. My first 7 years I was a Crew Chief on the F 4 phantom fighter, everyday we got our jets ready for usually 2 sorties. I was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Bay Florida, the 1 st sortie of the day was usually around 8am the bread truck would pull up in front of my aircraft and out would come the pilot and WSO weapons system operator. The pilot and I would do a walk around (preflight) he would check the aircraft form's for any maintenance problems and get seated in the front seat while I helped him strap into his Martin Baker ejection seat, I would than help the WSO get strapped in as well, pulled the ladder down and get hooked up to the interphone system for engine start, after engines were running and flight controls were checked I would wait for his signal to pull the chocks and Marshall my Phantom out and with a nice sharp hand salute would send him on his way. This book brings back so many great memories of those very youthful year's of my life, I was so inspired watching those pilots pull out everyday that I hung up my wrenches for a set of wings myself, so I few from 1979 to 1993 I retired from the USAF after the 1st Gulf War in 1993 with 21 plus years, and I would gladly do it all over again in a second.