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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440413134
With:
French, Michael
Author:
French, Michael
With:
French, Michael
Author:
O'Grady, Scott
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Bosnia and hercegovina
Subject:
Fighter pilots
Subject:
Air force
Subject:
Adventure & Adventurers
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
Yugoslav war, 1991-1995
Subject:
U. s. air force
Subject:
Rescues
Subject:
ographical / United States
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. HCFA 02174
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.50x5.54x.41 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 144 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440413134 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is the amazing, true survival tale of an American Air Force pilot who was shot down during a peacekeeping mission over Bosnia. "Basher Five-Two" includes a photo insert with pictures of the captain as a child, as well as of his plane.
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