A great story and read of a pilot of WW2, the cold war and Vietnam. He was able to learn to fly both types of planes. He was a true military man in the Air force all of his life, and ending as a general. He was a real soldier and he was not afraid of telling the brass they were wrong. He even modified planes in the field since the Air force brass wouldn't. This is the type of commander who has field experience and made a difference in saving lives of his airmen.
His personal life did take a toll as a career soldier he was more married to the air command then his wife.
This was such a great listen. I enjoyed every minute listening to this memoir of a pilot I had heard of and seen in "Dogfights" and other TV shows but this was so much more informative and interesting and it shows you the reality of being a pilot and specifically a fighter pilot.
Detailed American history. Besides providing an outstanding story on his life, the authors provided a great history lesson from a fighter pilot that was there.
The first person stories, dogfights, and personal accounts of Robin Olds.
I can't say that there was one favorite scene. Every chapter seemed to have great moments.
At the end of the story as Robin is dying, that seemed very special and moving to me.
Don't let the title fool you, this is not just a book about a fighter pilot! Robin Olds truly was a larger than life personality. The memoirs detail how he attained his Ace Fighter Pilot status and where that career took him. From leadership positions within the Air Force to Washington DC, Robin was an influential pilot and leader. His life outside of the cockpit was just as interesting having married a movie star.
He talks about his opinions and recounts on the different wars that he was involved in, particularly Vietnam, that show a historical viewpoint from a fighter pilot. I definitely recommend this book.
This was probably the most detailed autobiography I have ever listened to/read. Robin Olds was truly an American Patriot.
Great story and great narration. I listen to audiobooks because I have a long commute to work. I got so drawn into this story that I would also listen to it while going on my power walks. I was disappointed when the story was over. It was just by chance that 1/2 way thru this audiobook I saw an episode of "Aces" on the History Channel that was about this very pilot.
Probably not, one listen was enough to take it all in. The writer is a straight-shooter so not a lot of details are hidden in a complex story.
Robin not wanting to get his final kill, so he heads out on missions but will not shoot down enemy fighters so he will not get shipped home.
The author's comments on what the US could have done to win the Vietnam war. He did not back down from the powers that be in sharing his thoughts.
Solid autobiography that will teach you about historical events from a totally different (and rarely heard) viewpoint.
This guy was one heck of a character, the kind that would be thrown out of today's military within the first week, as it is, a great book, written by a cool guy, about his very cool journey through life as a fighter pilot.
"A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II" is another WWII fighter pilot story that I enjoyed even more than this one.
Robin Olds was a rough, tough, gruff, old breed soldier that was a "get things done" man. I enjoyed his story. I would love for my father to listen to it but there was quite a lot of foul language that almost led me to turn it off and I don't consider myself a prude at all. I will not be recommending it to my father.
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
Great story of one man's fascinating military career. Bought this not knowing much about it and have been thoroughly impressed. The reading is also excellent.