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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 13
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

DonkWatkins ,


One of the best books I have ever read. Such a great leader!

G R Teacher ,

Fighter Pilot by Robin Olds

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.

PA_ pete ,

Fighter pilot

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!