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Christina Olds lived around the world with her USAF fighter pilot father, Robin Olds, and Hollywood actress mother Ella Raines. Raised mostly in Washington D.C., England and Colorado, she graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English/Creative Writing in 1974 and spent 25 years as a project manager for corporations in San Francisco. In 2001 Christina moved to Colorado to be near her aging father who had retired in 1973 from the Air Force as a brigadier general. She worked for Vail Resorts for six years in the real estate development division and then moved to Steamboat Springs to live with her father during his terminal illness in 2007. Christina made a promise to him to complete his half-written memoirs from gathered notes and after Robin Olds passed away on June 14, 2007 she spent the next two years researching and writing the book, including interviewing veterans who flew with her father in WWII and Vietnam. St. Martin’s Press published FIGHTER PILOT; THE MEMOIRS OF LEGENDARY ACE ROBIN OLDS in April 2010 and it quickly became a national bestseller, heralded by reviewers and readers as an exceptionally literary and lyrical biography. Christina started on a national speaking tour before the book’s release and has become a sought-after speaker for aviation museums, air shows, veterans’ groups and military organizations both in the United States and abroad. In July 2012, Christina moved back to California and spent three years as Director of Museum Operations for the Pacific Coast Air Museum at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.  In October 2015 she relocated to the Los Angeles area and has begun work on a screenplay for FIGHTER PILOT and a second book, the story of her grandfather, Maj. Gen. Robert Olds, an instrumental leader in the development of early air power and the U.S. Air Force.

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