Author Christina Olds talks about her remarkable father and his memoirs

SEATTLE, June 17, 2010--On July 3 The Museum of Flight presents a lecture and book signing about legendary American fighter pilot Robin Olds. Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. During World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22--and an ace with 12 aerial victories. In Vietnam he became a legend: proving he wasn't a retread from the 40s, he scored another four aerial combat victories. Olds retired as a brigadier general. During the final weeks of his life in 2007, terminally ill Olds and his daughter Christina compiled his unfinished memoirs and gathered diaries, letters, interviews and photographs to recall his story. Christina promised him she would complete his book. She kept her pledge with the help of U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and author Ed Rasimus. "Fighter Pilot - The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds," was published in 2010. Christina Olds will talk about her amazing father and the book of his memoirs. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the Museum. Olds will be available to sign copies of the book afterward.

"Robin Olds is probably the greatest aerial warrior America ever produced. I confidently predict that this book will be an instant classic." - Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

Image: Robin Olds. USAF photo.
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