Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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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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Review: Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

User Review  - Mark Mortensen - Goodreads

Robin Olds graduated from West Point Military Academy and among his many credentials he later served as commandant of the Air Force Academy. The top notch fighter pilot with strong leadership skills ... Read full review

Review: Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

User Review  - Steven Olson - Goodreads

Good read for someone who wants to understand the thinking behind the person who commits himself to becoming a pilot first and then taking those skills to a new level as a combat pilot. The book takes ... Read full review

Contents

1 Battle
1
2 My Early Years
5
3 Pilot Training
18
4 Off to War
29
5 A Small Event Called Dday
41
6 The Heat of Many Battles
56
7 Victoriesat Last
76
8 Mustangs and Mayhem
94
14 Landstuhl to Libya
210
15 Pentagon to Shaw
227
16 The Phantom and the War
247
17 Bolo
271
18 Rolling Thunder
283
19 The Ending Battle
313
20 The Painful Way Home
341
21 The Academy
353

9 RR Second Tour and Home
116
10 Going Home
132
11 Life in the Fast Lane
153
12 Exchange with the RAF 1948
180
13 F86s at March Field the Pitts and Stewart
198
22 IG and Out
371
23 Final Landing
382
Index
387
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About the author (2010)

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.

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