Born to Fly by Shane Osborn
The Heroic Story of Downed U.S. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn

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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 crewmates.

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.

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Chef Shane Osborn co-owns London's Pied a Terre, a Michelin two star restaurant. Born in Australia, this "engineer of culinary wonders" incorporates a wide range of influences into his recipes, including French, Mediterranean, and asian. His inclination for "humble dishes made well" traces back to his mother's influence and despite life-threatening allergies to fish, red wine, mushrooms and other foods, Osborn remains a passionate chef. Photographer David Loftus, a much sought-after photographer whose food imagery stimulate the senses, has worked with Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver and contributes regularly to "Gourmet. Malcolm McConnell is the coauthor of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "American Soldier" with Tommy Franks and "My Year" in Iraq with L. Paul Bremer III. French, Lancaster University, UK.
Published November 13, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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