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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.
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By R. A. Frank on 10-08-10
Top Notch Audiobook
Robertson Dean's performance as Robin Olds is fantastic. This being my 14th audiobook (mostly WW2 history) was by far my favorite. The story really comes to life with the lively 1st person perspective and detailed accounts. I felt like I really understood what was happening in the times and places that the book took me to. Fighter Pilot gave me a perspective on life in the military during WW2 through Vietnam. The story of Robin Olds was absolutely amazing, this is a true American hero that just made me proud from start to finish. Oh, and the really, really best thing about the book was the human perspective. All through the tale I heard his insights, emotions, hopes and dreams. Superb!!!
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By JerryL on 01-27-12
I couldn't stop listening to this biography about Robin Olds. The book is a treasure trove of history about WWII and Viet Nam. If you are a student of history, this book will be a goldmine of information about the war years.
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