Fighter Pilot by Ed Rasimus, Christina Olds & Robin Olds

Fighter Pilot

By Ed Rasimus, Christina Olds & Robin Olds

  • Publication Date: 2010-04-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 155 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Please note: This ebook edition does not include the photo insert from the print edition.

The widely anticipated memoir of legendary ace American fighter pilot, Robin Olds

Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. A graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army, Olds was one of the toughest college football players at the time. In WWII, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—and an ace with 12 aerial victories.
But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He arrived in 1966 to find a dejected group of pilots and motivated them by placing himself on the flight schedule under officers junior to himself, then challenging them to train him properly because he would soon be leading them. Proving he wasn't a WWII retread, he led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills, becoming a rare triple ace.

Olds (who retired a brigadier general and died in 2007) was a unique individual whose personal story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.

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Latest User Reviews

  • Fighter Pilot by Robin Olds

    By G R Teacher
    Excellent book. I have read many books in this gender and this will be one of my favorites ever. Very well written in the sense that you feel you are right there in the middle of the action. You just cannot put it down. You want it to go on forever. I highly recommend this book to any one in love with airplanes and aviation in general.
  • Fighter pilot

    By PA_ pete
    This book is but a small tribute to the greatness of good an honorable man who became a great man because of his talent and tenacity. Robin Olds was that man. This is a touching and poignant chronicle of a great and good man and his various exploits. Robin is gone now, but suspect that he is still flying somehow some way. This book is a small token of all he gave to this nation. It is easy to read and interesting to see how even the best pay a price. The scene the book describes at the dining table upon his return from Vietnam is heart rending. A great read top marks, five stars!

    By DFWavgeek
    This is a really good book , definitely deserves 5 stars , growing up i really wanted to meet mr.olds but never got the chance to before he passed , after reading this book it feels like i knew him as a close friend , from west point to Vietnam and after the war this is a great book!
  • Great Read

    By American Jet
    Anybody that's pulled more than two G's as part of their profession will enjoy this book. Olds has captured the essence of fighter pilotage. From individual mission experiences to ideological differences between SAC and TAC, Robin Olds weaves a tapestry that won't soon be forgotten by the reader.
  • Fighter Pilot

    By rdzr1
    Superb book that tells the story of a real American hero, a pilot's pilot and true warrior. I loved it.
  • America's Fighter Pilot!

    By Togaf16
    As a fighter pilot myself I heard the stories and we toasted him at the bars. I even had the pleasure of meeting him at my pilot graduation. But not until I read this book did I really realize what a true Fighter pilot icon he is to America and what a Hollywood life he lived. A book on leadership should be written about him as well. Such a man to lead from the front.
  • A Real Story!

    By JLCFL
    Real life through the eyes of a great man! Well written - I couldn't put it down! Captures the frustrations of Viet Nam era warriors perfectly.
  • Fighter Pilot by Robin Olds

    By FCDAT
    It is uncanny how Col. Robin Olds always hi the mark as he did once again with his book, Fighter Pilot; The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds. Some wear the stars and some wear the scars. Thank you Robin.