The Fighter Aces

In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the dream of powered flight. A little over a decade later their marvelous invention became a weapon of war.

The fighter pilot was an instant hero. Men like "The Red Baron" and Eddie Rickenbacker cast a dashing and death-defying image, and captured the imagination of millions. From the ashes of World War One rose the airplane, and warfare would never be the same.

In this supersonic episode of “War Stories with Oliver North,” you’ll fly into combat with some of America’s greatest fighter pilots: the aces.

You become an ace only after you’ve achieved five air-to-air victories. This seemingly simple task is anything but. During the Vietnam War just two men achieved the title of ace. One of those men, Brigadier General Steve Ritchie, will amaze you as he recounts what it takes to get five kills.

The cunning, courage and calm of these men will inspire you. Legends like Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. World War II ace Robin Olds recounts his legendary achievements in the skies over Europe and Vietnam. And Walker “Bud” Mahurin, describes the unimaginable torture he endured during his 16 months as a POW.

You’ll also hear amazing stories from Jack Bolt, a member of the famous Black Sheep Squadron and the last of the “Two War Aces.”

Staff for this episode:

Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and written by: Martin Hinton and Steven Tierney

Senior Producer: Martin Hinton

Editor: Josh Parker

Production Associate: Michael Weiss


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