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Shane Osborn, the pilot of ...
Shane Osborn, the pilot of the EP-3, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Shane Osborn could walk around Pensacola in his flight suit and most folks wouldn't give him a second look.Naval flight officers aren't exactly an endangered species in this neck of the woods.But when Osborn, a flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station, visits his college alma mater in Nebraska, heads turn and people whisper.
That's because they know who Osborn
is and what he
is -- a Navy hero.
...On April 1, 2001, Osborn was the aircraft commander and mission commander of an EP-3 ARIES II reconnaissance plane that was flying in international airspace over the South China Sea.
The plane was intercepted by two Chinese F-8 fighters, one of which collided with the reconnaissance plane.With 23 other crew members aboard, Osborn
recovered the plane from a free-fall and eventually landed on the Chinese island of Hainan.
was even supposed to go on a tour to promote his
book, "Born To Fly," beginning in the fall of 2001.His
first book-signing was scheduled for Nov. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center
But two months before that signing date, the World Trade Center
was toppled in a deadly terrorist attack on the United States. Osborn
canceled the book tour immediately.
"I volunteered to go to Afghanistan," he
said, because that's my job.My job is not to sell books." Osborn
, 29, said he
truly was born to fly.
One of his
earliest memories is flying in a yellow J-3 Piper Cub with a friend of his
left the Boy Scouts to join the Civil Air Patrol
head always was in the sky. "I planned on being a pilot in the military since I was 4," said Osborn, sitting near the pool of his home off Gulf Beach Highway near Innerarity Point.
"It just always fascinated me.I always had that as a goal, and I never wavered.I was a pretty determined kid." Osborn
, a South Dakota native, attended UNLon an ROTC scholarship.He
commission in 1996 -- the same year he
first was sent to Pensacola for flight training. He
then was assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1, based in Washington state, and began flying reconnaissance missions routinely in international airspace over the South China Sea.
"It was just a routine mission," Osborn
said."I had only been mission commander for a few months.The crew hadn't been together that long, but we had some good people."
Chinese pilots regularly intercepted airplanes on similar missions, Osborn
said.So, seeing two Chinese planes closing in didn't surprise him and his
crew too much.
"But (one of the pilots) became more aggressive," Osborn
"There was a loud noise, and our plane just shook," Osborn
said."I heard his
nose hit ours.His
jet was cut in half."
In "Born To Fly," Osborn
remembers it sounding "like a monster chain saw hacking metal."
crew were upside down, and the plane was in an inverted dive.The plane plummeted 7,500 feet before Osborn
was able to regain control.
"I was fairly certain we wouldn't make it home," he
said."I thought that we were all finished."
With the plane righted but severely damaged, Osborn's crew destroyed classified material on board and prepared for an emergency landing at Lingshui Naval Air Base on the Chinese island of Hainan.
"It wasn't a warm greeting," Osborn
said."But we were alive." Osborn
cool as two trucks with soldiers greeted the plane and ordered the crew off.
"Can we use your telephone?"
The 24 crew members were held for 11 days and faced relentless interrogation.Osborn
shielded many crew members for most of the ordeal, telling his
interrogators none of the crew members in the back of the plane could see the crash and had no details to provide.
At one point during his
interrogation, while being asked the same questions he
was asked during a previous interrogation that was videotaped, Osborn
questioner: "Watch the videotapes." Osborn
soon was separated from the rest of his
crew and subjected to sleep deprivation, but no real physical torture.
After 11 days of questioning and repeated orders to Osborn
to apologize for the crash -- he
never did -- the crew was released.
"Once I got home, it was pretty busy," Osborn
said."I was just happy that we all made it home healthy and with our honor intact.That was most important." Osborn
could have ridden through the rest of his
time in the Navy as a celebrity.But even as his
book was released, he
was preparing to fly reconnaissance missions again, this time in Afghanistan, locating targets for United States firepower.
"I wanted to do something to help," he
said."If something bad happens to America, we just want to make it right.That's job satisfaction." Osborn
returned to Pensacola in August 2002 to train the next generation of Navy pilots.His
friend Good said Osborn's experience carried much weight with the young flight students.
never intended to make a career out of the armed forces.He
has a year and a half left on his
current seven-year commitment.Then he
wife, Teri, and their 6-year-old son, Avery, plan to make a home in Nebraska.
"I don't really know what I want to do," he
Shane Osborn's campaign ...
Shane Osborn's campaign revealed that Ben Sasse lived in Washington for over six years and still owns a home there, painting him as a D.C. insider who now wants to represent Nebraskans.
lived out of state "for much of his
Osborn lived out of state during the time he was serving our country in the Navy.
I'm proud to be a veteran and proud to support Shane Osborn
Sioux City Journal: Osborn to headline Heroes of Siouxland event this weekend
Osborn to headline Heroes of Siouxland event this weekend
will arrive in Siouxland today as the special guest of the Heroes of Siouxland recognition event this weekend.
Earlier this week, he
attended the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D., riding around on a borrowed motorcycle.His motorcycle is back in Pensacola, Fla., where he lives and works as a Navy flight instructor.
During a phone interview with the Journal from the rally, Osborn
is excited to return to Siouxland to participate in the Heroes of Siouxland event.
met Zortman at the Offutt Air Show
in Omaha last year.
was with the Red Cross and asked me if I was interested in helping out," Osborn
said."I said, 'Absolutely, of course I'll help the Red Cross out.' They have done a lot of great things, not only in the local areas, but all over the world."Osborn
arrive tonight with his
skipper and a few fellow flight instructors to play golf and interact with event participants.He
had to laugh when Zortman said he
would be in a golf tournament because Osborn
isn't a very good golfer.
"I like to golf, but I haven't done it very many times," he
said."It will be interesting, and a lot of fun -- I guarantee you that."
Two years ago the Navy EP-3E Aries II electronic reconnaissance aircraft Osborn
was piloting collided with a Chinese fighter plane.The plane plunged into a near-inverted dive, and Osborn
pulled it out.The crippled plane landed at a military base on the Chinese island of Hainan.
Over the next 11 days, the Chinese interrogated Osborn demanding that he
admit causing the death of the Chinese fighter pilot.Osborn
refused and shielded the crew from interrogations by his
was released, he
was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Since then, Osborn
has flown combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan.He transferred to VT-10 in Pensacola where he is a flight instructor, flying twice per day with student pilots.He flies the T-34, which is the Navy's primary trainer, and the newer T-6A.He
also has written a book, "Born to Fly."In June, Osborn
was married to his
wife, Teri, and has adopted her
6-year-old son, Avery.
keynote speech Sunday evening at the Heroes of Siouxland banquet, Osborn
will talk about his
experiences and heroism.
"I appreciate the fact that in recent years people have redefined the word to a more proper definition," he
said."I consider anyone who serves their community and country in a selfless manner to be a hero."He
will also discuss growing up in the Midwest and how that has made him who he
Navy Memorial Hosts Book Signing With Lt. Shane Osborn
on Tuesday, May 4.Osborn is a Navy EP-3 pilot who was forced to land his spy plane in Chinese territory to save his crew of 24.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030516/DCF023LOGO ) Osborn
will be on hand to talk about his
book, "Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane," in the Navy Memorial's Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater at 7:30 p.m. His
book details the incident that occurred on April 1, 2001, when Osborn
and his EP-3
crew were on a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the South China Sea.Two Chinese F-811 jet fighters intercepted the slow-flying U.S. Navy aircraft.One Chinese pilot flew so erratically that his
jet collided with the EP-3's
left propeller.The collision chopped the Chinese plane in half, killing the pilot.The EP-3's nose blew off and the aircraft sustained such further damage that it fell into a steep near- inverted dive.Shane
two fellow Navy pilots and engineers, overcame the nearly impossible and kept the crippled plane in the air.They had no choice but to land at the nearest airfield at Lingshui Naval Air Base on the Island of Hainan.
The Chinese then captured the 24 crew members and ruthlessly interrogated Lt.Osborn
over the next 11 days.After he
and the crew won their freedom, Osborn
was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for courage and superb airmanship and the Meritorious Service Medal for leadership.
After the incident, Lt.Osborn
remained in the Navy flying combat missions over Afghanistan from November 2001, through February 2002. Currently he is serving at the Washington Navy Yard on the Navy's Discharge Review Board. Osborn
will be available to sign his
book at the Navy Memorial, following his
talk in the theater.His
book will be available for sale, on site, at the U.S. Navy Memorial's Ship's Store.
The U.S. Navy Memorial is located in the heart of the nation's capital on 7th and Pennsylvania Ave., in North West, Washington, D.C.It is located adjacent to the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro Stop.