From the age of three, Shane Osborn dreamed of being a pilot. He
began learning the skills he would need to fly as a member of the
Civil Air Patrol, a branch of the U.S. Air Force, when he was just
twelve years old. But it wasn't until he graduated from the naval
ROTC program at the University of Nebraska and joined the navy that
his dream became a reality. For five years, Osborn practiced
rigorous training exercises, working tirelessly day in and day out
until he advanced from navy pilot to mission commander."
"All Lt. Osborn's flying skills were put to the test when a Chinese
F-8 II fighter jet collided with his EP-3E ARIES II plane during a
U.S. surveillance mission through international airspace. The
impact severely damaged Osborn's aircraft, sending it plummeting
toward the ocean. With almost certain disaster looming, Osborn
managed to gain control of the crippled plane and land it safely on
the Chinese island of Hainan-saving the lives of his twenty-three
In "Born to Fly, "Shane Osborn describes these terrifying events in
vivid detail, along with the years of dedicated training that made
the emergency landing possible. This is the inspirational story of
a boy with a dream, and of the extraordinary discipline and courage
that made him a hero.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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