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Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds | [Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus]

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.
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A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with 12 aerial victories.

But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He motivated a dejected group of pilots by placing himself under junior officers and challenging them to train him properly. He led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills and becoming a rare triple ace. With his marriage to Hollywood actress and pin-up girl Ella Raines, his nonregulation mustache and penchant for drink, Olds was a unique individual whose story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.

Christina Olds, the daughter of Robin Olds, holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Vassar, is a member of the Air Force Association, and is the first honorary lifetime member of the Red River Valley Association.

Ed Rasimus is a retired USAF fighter pilot who holds a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in both political science and international relations. He has previously written two books on the Vietnam air war, When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra.

©2010 Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Massively welcomed by his legion of fans." (Walter J. Boyne, author and former director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.)

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    "Excellent biography"
    Where does Fighter Pilot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I always enjoy a good history lesson from those that actually lived it. So happy Robin's daughter was able to gather the stories of her father together to create this memorable story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-08-11
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-08-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Bravo Zulu, Robin Olds, an ACE of an autobiography"

    A member of the Greatest Generation, Robin Olds, a pilot's pilot tells his fascinating story with humor, accuracy, and humility. My husband, a USN retired Naval Aviator, loved this account of a fellow fighter pilot from his detail of the aircraft flown, challenges he faced on and off the ground, and the love of flying common to all pilots. I enjoyed the history of an era, the personal side of his story, as well as opening topics of conversation between my combat veteran and me that had never occurred to me to ask him about.
    Robin Olds' career and life are over, but kudos to his daughter, her co-author, and the narrator for bringing this legend back to life---if only on the page or in our ears.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Austin, Texas, United States 10-18-11
    Sean Austin, Texas, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A compelling story, skillfully told"

    I listen to more military history than is probably good for me. This audiobook stands in the top 5% of war memoirs that I've read or listened to. The narrator does a superb job, and the book is consistent, clear, and focused in a way that many war stories are not.

    Then there's the subject material. The author is West Point '44. Flies P-38 Lightnings, and P-51 Mustangs during WWII, later commands an air wing over North Vietnam in F4 Phantoms, and goes on to become the Commandant of the Air Force Academy. There's enough technical detail to satisfy most engineers, but it doesn't make the material inaccessible to those who would rather skim over the details.

    Highly recommended.

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    Js Banks Mountain View, California 06-26-11
    Js Banks Mountain View, California 06-26-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Got Choked Up"

    God, maybe it's because my own Dad was a vet of the same age, but by the end of this thing, I was so choked up I couldn't talk for awhile. What a beautiful, touching ending.
    This was a vital, powerful human being, and I am sure we only touched the surface of his life.
    My favorite parts were the technical and flying passages. I loved the stuff about dealing with the torque of the P-51, and mastering aircraft without any familiarization, and the war tactics.
    It opened my eyes about SAC, and the inside of a previously opaque organization, The USAF.
    Why couldn't a guy like that fly forever?
    Terrific.

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    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 08-11-10
    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 08-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Robin's Way"

    Robin Olds is an Air Force legend. He was "bigger than life" and always "above the mundane, red-tape hassle" so prevalent in military operations. Christina Olds, his daughter, has provided an insight into the man that makes the stories stand out. This is an outstanding biography that shows Olds, warts and all, and why he is rapidly becoming a part of the military folk lore. Highly recommended.

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    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 03-12-13
    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I wish I had this book before I met him."

    I met Robin Olds in 1994 at an airshow where I was the Pilot/Performer Liaison. He mentions in the book that he flew his old P-51 in 1994 and it was at that airshow. I had some one on one time with him as I chauffeured him around and if I had but known what I know now, I would have had lots to talk to him about. What an interesting man, and a real American hero.

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    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 01-15-13
    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm just this guy, y'know?

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    "I do love me a good war story..."

    ... and this sure qualifies as one. The descriptions of aerial combat in WWII and over Vietnam are very well-written. The insights into family and other personal life on the home front are engaging as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "A Real View of a Real Hero"

    Robin Olds is a man who would make John Wayne look like a wannabe. Olds has feet of good solid clay.
    As a Vietnam vet and a lover of the military, this book had great appeal. It far exceeded my highest expectation.
    If you favor the military or love America, you'll want to read this book.

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    Carol Orlando, FL, United States 10-21-12
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    "An amazing story!"

    I couldn't but this audio book down! The story is so visual and vivid!

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    Jay Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-09-12
    Jay Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2009

    I've moved from Ajijic Mexico, where I lived for ten years, to Carlsbad Ca. Love the weather in S. Cal.

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    "WHAT AN INTERESTING LIFE! WELL TOLD."
    Where does Fighter Pilot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN THE TOP THIRED


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fighter Pilot?

    HIS SECOND WWII COMBAT FLIGHTS


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HIS VOICE BROUGHT THE ACTION ALIVE


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THE LET DOWN AFTER THE WAR ENDED,NOW WHAT?


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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