- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385729995
- ISBN-13: 978-0385729994
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born to Fly: The Heroic Story of Downed U.S. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn
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From Publishers Weekly
Born to Fly: The Heroic Story of Downed U.S. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn by Shane Osborn with Malcolm McConnell tells the story of a young American pilot, his life-long love of flying and the fateful events that led him to receive the Navy's highest airmanship honor. Michael French adapted the book for young readers from the simultaneously published adult title, Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A fascinating story of endurance, courage, and patriotism. French has adapted Osborn's adult book for young people. He tells the story of a boy's dream to become a pilot, his formal flight training in the Navy, and how his skill and stamina were tested as commander of an EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft. In April, 2001, an inflight collision with a Chinese fighter over China during a routine surveillance mission turned into an international incident. Osborn managed to land the damaged aircraft, save his crew, and survive interrogation and imprisonment by the Chinese. He inspired his crew to get through their ordeal and came out a hero to all. The book reads like fiction, with lots of dialogue. The brief glossary of aviation terms is useful and the photos and map enhance the readable text. Black-and-white photos appear in an eight-page center section. A good choice for anyone considering a career in the military and for fans of true-adventure survival stories.
David M. Alperstein, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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As Shane Osborn had grown to be older he had taught and was willing to do the most to learn the skills he would need to know to become a pilot. Later he had gotten the opportunity to learn how to be qualified to be apart of the Civil Air Patrol, which is a part of the branch of the U.S Air Force. This book was made in the year 2003. It helps a lot of explanation of how much it is that he had went through and his life story. When Shane Osborn was 12 years old he has into programs that has helped him learn and increase his skills on what he needs to learn. It's really good so far, I personally really had found this book to be interesting and one of my favorite books so far. I really like learning and listening to his story. Shane Osborn had went through so much going through his experience of what Shane Osborn had gone through Shane had to go through tough military training. He struggled with his breathing when it hit tough, he had to find ways to continue pushing himself yet fixing his problem when it came to struggling with breathing. Shane had to be under situations that are very hard to get out of. Shane was given a lot of responsibility along with many others depending on him. When being a pilot for the U.S Air it begins to get really hard to keep focus and to remain calm. There are so many lives you have and you're part of a big team like a family that you have to watch out and protect. There had been a time Shane’s crew has almost got in a plane crash when a Japanese fighter pilot hit them a few times. Luckily for Shane and his crew stayed calm and did their best and they ended up landing safely. There are a lot of important choices you have to make when you're fighting for your country and are in your group of people. There's a lot you have to look out for along with keeping an open mind you go out there and do the best you possibly can.
In conclusion my feelings towards this book is that it's very good. It shows emotion and describes many situations that he had gone through. It opens my mind to think about how many different situation each pilot goes through. Whether it's just for getting people to different states and countries. Then there's ones that pilot for wars and for the government or other countries. When you hear a personal story about someone's challenges and what they had gone through it really opens your mind to think how it might've gone for them. The things that they have either gone through or may have seen. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who may be interested in a war type book or interested in piloting like me or just in for a good action historical story.