“Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds” is an engaging and informative memoir from one of the most respected and accomplished pilots in military history. Robin Olds, who served as a fighter pilot in both World War II and the Vietnam War, tells his story with cand and wit, providing an insider’s perspective on the technical aspects of flying as well as the human elements of war.
The book begins with Olds’ early life, including his childhood and his time at West Point, and then moves on to his experiences as a pilot in World War II. Olds was part of the Eighth Air Force, and he flew multiple missions over Germany. He provides a detailed account of the challenges he faced, both in the air and on the ground, and the camaraderie he shared with his fellow pilots.
The second half of the book focuses on Olds’ experiences in Vietnam, where he served as the commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. Olds paints a vivid picture of the intense combat he and his men faced, and he also talks about the political and strategic decisions that shaped the war.
Throughout the book, Olds is honest about his mistakes, as well as his triumphs, and he doesn’t shy away from discussing the difficult moral questions that war raises. He is also deeply respectful of the men he served with, and he pays tribute to the many pilots who lost their lives.
Overall, “Fighter Pilot” is a must-read for anyone interested in military history or the life of a fighter pilot. It’s a well-written and highly engaging book that provides a unique and personal perspective on some of the most significant events of the 20th century.
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