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Born to Fly: The Heroic Story of Downed U.S. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn Library Binding – November 13, 2001

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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.

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Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Library Binding: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385900457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385900454
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,783,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Betty Fulton on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The vivid accounts of the life of Shane Osborn growing up in Nebraska to his heroic actions while flying an American Reconnaissance plane gives the children of today a great role model and hero. Intermediate readers (and adults) realize that setting goals, working to achieve goals and keeping focused in life does result in success and in Shane's case saving 25 lives. Disappoints are not met with defeat, but rather the desire to achieve even greater levels of accomplishments. I love the message in this book and learned various Naval and aircraft terms. This is an awesome book for children looking for a hero.
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By Nick on January 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story about the downed pilot from the US Navy! Michael French has done a great job on this book. Michale French is an excetional author!This is a great book for young people. I would recommend this book for the juvenile audience.
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A Kid's Review on January 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I like the book because it was about planes and the heroic story of downed U.S. Navy piolt Lt. Shane Osborn. I liked the book because it is a true story Shane Osborn and his crew. I also liked it because of the heroic chapter 18 plot of when Shane and his crew were going down in an aircaft. Also because it is just an all around good book about the Navy. The best part in the book is when Shane and his crew pulled up from the nose dive. The settings were great. The characters were real people and it was about a kid who accomplished his goal. The settings were good because of the real truth of where the settings take place. Shane is a young kid that has always wanted to fly and he finally accomplished his lifetime goal.
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Format: Hardcover
This true story of the downing of a US surveillance plane satisfies with technical details, suspense, and appropriate humor, but most importantly through the demonstration of the character of Shane Osborn and his crew. Although co-written, like most books of this type, his voice shines through with an excellently balanced acount of his life and experiences as well as the story of the headline news incident itself. This book should be required reading at all military academies.
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