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.
"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.)
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.
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.
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