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Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady [Paperback]

By Scott O'Grady (Author)
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Item description for Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady by Scott O'Grady...

A U.S. pilot who was shot down over Bosnia describes his experiences

Publishers Description
U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady was shot down in his F-16 over Bosnia while helping to keep the peace. The plane exploded, and Captain O'Grady fell 5 miles to the ground below. In exciting detail, Captain O'Grady tells how he evaded capture and how, with little water and no food, he was able to survive on his own in enemy territory.
A burst of flames and intense heat spread through my cockpit.  I began to pitch and roll wildly.  It felt like a giant hand had reached down, grabbed me with brute force, and shook me in a frenzy.  What was left of my plane was like a straw in the wind, totally out of control.

For all its space-age electronics, its supersonic speed, its defensive-powers, the F-16 is not perfect.  In the blink of an eye, it can be turned from the prince of the skies into a burning scrap heap of wire and twisted metal.  The missile had blindsided me, coming up through a cloud cover below.  It had struck the plane's underbelly, hitting one of the fuel tanks and cutting my F-16 in two.  It took me another moment to understand.  The nose and cockpit had broken away--and I was now in a free fall to earth.

As I spun out of control, I worried about blacking out from the sudden and unexpected G forces.  I watched my console break and twist apart before me.  My mind was outracing my ability to react.  Flames from the exploding gas tank had found a crack between my oxygen mask and visor.  They had also reached the back of my neck.  Part of me was waiting for the cockpit to explode.  Somehow, the heat and the pain and the insanity of the moment focused my thoughts.

Dear God, I prayed, please don't let me die now--don't let me die from this.

I gazed down, through the flames, and saw a fat yellow handle attached to my seat.  The handle pushed up between my legs, bigger than life, staring at me like the miracle I took it to be.  The beautiful words stamped across the top were impossible to miss, even in the fire and smoke: PULL TO EJECT.

I had no idea how much time had passed since the missile had struck.  In reality it had been only seconds.  It felt like an eternity.  I knew I wasn't waiting much longer.  For another microsecond, I worried that my damaged canopy wouldn't open, or if it did, that the seat wouldn't eject.  But I really didn't have time to worry.

My left hand dropped down to the handle, and I pulled with all my might.

Awards and Recognitions
Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady by Scott O'Grady has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Sasquatch Award - 2000 Nominee - Children/Young Adult category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady by Scott O'Grady has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 681
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 488

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yearling
Pages   133
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 6, 1998
Publisher   Yearling
Age  10-14
ISBN  0440413133  
ISBN13  9780440413134  
UPC  071009004993  

Availability  94 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! O'Grady has been stationed in Korea, Germany and Italy during his military career. He continues to serve his country as an F-16 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Scott O'Grady currently resides in the state of Utah.

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Fantastic book  Mar 28, 2007
A great childrens book, for grades 5-8. Well written naritive about survival, without any political or religious undertones found in the other story by Scott O'Grady. As a high school teacher I recomend this story for those younger children that seem more interested in playing cops & robbers than reading a book.
Flamin Hot  Mar 6, 2007
Captian Scott O'Grady , a F-16 pilot, gets shot down over enenmy tertory. This book tells his epic story of ecape form the whole ordeal. The author tells it so well he makes you feel like you are there! I was amazed at the amount of flash backs to his family and friends back in the U.S. that worryed so much about him. As he tries to ecape, he encounters many chalnges like wind, rain and eating ants. Most of all he tries to evade the Bosnian Surbes. Capt. Scott O'Grady was right, NATO is awesome!
Basher 52: a good read  Jan 8, 2007
I thought this book was very well written for a number of reasons. First of all, the author puts together all the events in logical order so that the reader is not confused. The author also puts cliffhangers at the right time (personally, I didn't like it, but it didn't matter). That keeps the reader on edge to hurry and get through the cliffhanger chapters to get back to the action. At least that's what I did. Also, it doesn't bore the reader. Even though the author is talking about how he had to lie in a hole for most of the day, he always writes something new that keeps readers reading, like him eating his first meals on the run, or him hurrying to find a new hole-up spot. Lastly, I love the fact that he didn't glorify himself for escaping capture and call himself a hero. He gives credit to the real heroes; the men that rescued him.
yea  Oct 27, 2005
very good book! exciting and full of action. once i started ready it i didn't want to stop. i think everyone should read it.
great book  Oct 14, 2005
This book is very suspenseful. Its packed with action; it was an enjoyable book to read. it can be dull at some parts but all in all it was a great book. when he is hidding from the enemy you pretty much can feel his fear. i was impressed by his show of bravery and resoursefulness. i would suggest that if you like action and bravery read this book.

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