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Fighter Pilot - by Christina Olds & Robin Olds & Ed Rasimus (Paperback)

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  • Fighter Pilot is the memoir of legendary ace American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force, Robin Olds.
  • About the Author: Robin Olds (1922-2007) was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.
  • 432 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Military


About the Book

The critically acclaimed, national bestselling memoir of ace American fighter-pilot Robin Olds, who served in World War II, but became a legend in Vietnam. Includes a 16-page photo insert.

Book Synopsis

Fighter Pilot is the memoir of legendary ace American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force, 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 presents one of the most eagerly anticipated military books in recent memory.

Review Quotes

"A gripping narrative...Compelling reading, likely to become a classic." --Booklist

"Robin Olds is probably the greatest aerial warrior America ever produced. His autobiography tells it like it was...and provides written proof why the people who served with him made him a legend. This book will be an instant classic." --Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin

"One man's account of war and, in its way, a tribute to a vanished breed of men." --The Wall Street Journal

"Excellent...at times, his poetic descriptions reveal a humanity rarely exhibited in public by this swashbuckling, handlebar-mustachioed giant of air power." --Aviation Weekly

About the Author

Robin Olds (1922-2007) was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. A triple ace, he achieved a combined total of 16 victories in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. Born into an army family in Honolulu and raised in Virginia, he was educated at West Point, where he was an All American football player. He fought in Europe during World War II, and was regarded as the best wing commander in the Vietnam War. He was promoted to brigadier general after Vietnam, and also served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Christina Olds is the daughter of Robin Olds. She holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Vassar.

Ed Rasimus is a retired USAF fighter pilot whose books on the Vietnam air war include When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.25 Inches (H) x 6.14 Inches (W) x 1.16 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.03 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Military
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback
Author: Christina Olds & Robin Olds & Ed Rasimus
Language: English
Street Date: May 10, 2011
TCIN: 13433934
UPC: 9780312569518
Item Number (DPCI): 248-65-3985
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.16 inches length x 6.14 inches width x 9.25 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.03 pounds
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Excellent book! I loved reading it. Kept my interest the entire time. Highly recommend!
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