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

By Scott O'Grady, Michael French

U.S. Air strength Captain Scott O'Grady was once shot down in his F-16 over Bosnia whereas supporting to maintain the peace. The aircraft exploded, and Captain O'Grady fell five miles to the floor lower than. In intriguing element, Captain O'Grady tells how he refrained from seize and the way, with little water and no nutrition, he was once capable of live to tell the tale on his personal in enemy territory.

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Courtesy of William O’Grady) within the F-16 with the bubble cover up. (Courtesy of William O’Grady) The professional patch of my squadron. (Courtesy of the writer) The cockpit of the F-16. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Tactical airplane platforms) All strapped in and able to pass! That’s how i glance donning the helmet and oxygen masks. (Courtesy of Mary Lou Scardapane) The F-16 in flight. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Tactical airplane structures) The great Cobras and large Stallions as they carry off from the deck of the USS Kearsarge to hold out their catch undertaking to rescue me. (Courtesy of USMC Sergeant Dave A. Garten) instantly after my rescue, I board the USS Kearsarge from the helicopter deck. (Courtesy of USMC) the boys who rescued me and lifted me out of Bosnia—the participants of the twenty fourth Marine Expeditionary Unit who participated within the catch venture. Their undertaking accomplished, they fresh their guns aboard the USS Kearsarge. (Courtesy of USMA Corporal Kurt Sutton) a bunch portrait of my rescue crew posed earlier than a brilliant Stallion. (Courtesy of U. S. division of security) I provide the Juvats signal upon arriving on the Aviano NATO air base. (Courtesy of AP/World huge photographs) With Bob “Wilbur” Wright, who used to be flying with me while i used to be shot down. (Courtesy of AP/Wide international images) One more than happy go back. At Andrews Air strength Base with my ma and pa. (Courtesy of Mary Lou Scardapane) Reunited with my relatives … on the White condominium! (Courtesy of Mary Lou Scardapane) Taking a walk with my commander in leader, President Clinton, on the White residence. (Courtesy of AP/World huge images) SIX With the 1st gentle of sunrise, I received a impolite shock. i used to be mendacity peacefully within the darkness on my tarp, the fairway part folded over me, with the camouflage netting unfold on best. even supposing my ft and head caught out of the netting, I had proposal the timber hid me good. I had opened a flexipak and had taken my first drink of water in seventeen hours. simply as i used to be congratulating myself on fooling the enemy, i spotted I wasn’t hid in any respect. The evening had tricked me. The thick timber that via contact and during my dim sight had appeared so excellent had, in truth, only a few low branches. i might stick out like an elephant to somebody bobbing up the trail. i attempted to not panic. Ever so slowly, I collected my apparatus and slipped towards the clearing the place I’d made my radio transmissions. round the corner, amid a stand of thin bushes, there have been low branches i may cover less than. And if I needed to flee, I wasn’t trapped in a complete useless finish. I picked a hiding spot and ready to burrow in. numerous years sooner than, I had taken a two-week survival path at Fairchild Air strength Base in Spokane and, later, a one-week water survival direction at Holmstead Air strength Base. I had discovered hundreds worthy issues in either classes, however the education at Fairchild was once the main appropriate now. My teachers had emphasised the significance of discovering an exceptional hiding spot, or “hole-up” web site, because the army known as it.

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