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Shane Osborn on Principles & Values

 


Endorsed by Tea Party-oriented group, Freedom Works

Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse countered this week's endorsement of Shane Osborn by Freedom Works with an endorsement from Dick Armey, the conservative organization's high-profile founder. Armey recently left the chairmanship of Freedom Works after an internal struggle.

Sasse previously pocketed endorsements from two conservative national organizations, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth. All three political action groups espouse conservative principles closely tied to the views of tea party advocates.

The competing endorsements continued to focus the 2014 Senate spotlight on Sasse and Osborn in a Republican contest that has attracted four candidates.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate , Nov 15, 2013

Born in South Dakota; learned to fly at early age

Becoming a pilot had been my dream and ambition for as long as I can remember. Flying in a small Piper Cub, in fact, was one of my first vivid memories. I was 3 years old in a tiny South Dakota town named Loomis.

One of our neighbors, a sheep farmer named Lyle Brewer, flew a bright yellow Piper J-3 Cub out of a pasture near our house. I tried to visit Lyle whenever I knew he was working on his plane. I took my first flight with Lyle and Dad almost as soon as the FAA inspector signed the airworthiness certificate for the Piper. "I want to fly," I told my Dad.

"Not today, Shane." By the age of 4, I already had a basic understanding of lift and was beginning to learn how the aileron controlled the plane's angle of bank or roll.

Source: Born To Fly by Shane Osborn,p. 5-8 , Nov 13, 2001

Joined Civil Air Patrol at age 12

One afternoon at school when I was 12, a woman gave a presentation on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an auxiliary branch of the US Air Force. I listened intently to every word. In the CAP you learned how to fly--and you could earn your pilot's license by your 16th birthday.

The Civil Air Patrol absorbed me completely. The CAP made me want to study even harder than before. You advanced in rank depending on both your test score and your progress in military training. Discipline in one area, I began to see, was directly related to progress as a would-be aviator. The reward for that progress was getting to fly in our squadron's Cessna 172.

By the end of my sophomore year I had logged 16 hours in the Cessna to help me qualify for a pilot's license. I never did get my license. Still, I hoped my accomplishments in the CAP could eventually help me win an appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. That had become my next long-term goal.

Source: Born To Fly by Shane Osborn,p. 19-23 , Nov 13, 2001

At age 16, took 220 stitches in near-fatal car crash

That July evening I had decided to visit Grandmother Dorothy, who'd just undergone hip surgery. Tony borrowed my mom's Nissan sedan. In the passenger's seat, I unbuckled my seat belt, pushed the seat back as far as it could go, and tried to take a nap. Tony had set the car's cruise control at 65 mph, and he had accidentally fallen asleep. Our Nissan plowed straight into the back of a slow-moving John Deere tractor. The impact was so violent that our car broke the tractor's rear axle.

When I woke up, I was listening to a medic's voice. "I think this one's dead," the medic said, meaning me. As much as I tried, I couldn't answer because my lips were bruised and torn.

When I woke again, I was in the emergency room of the hospital. The doctor put in 220 stitches. I was 16 years old, and I thought my life was over. My last year in high school, while still recovering from the car crash, I interviewed for both the air force and naval academies.

Source: Born To Fly by Shane Osborn,p. 24-8 , Nov 13, 2001

Piloted crippled aircraft to China after midair collision

Shane Osborn is at the center of international attention over US surveillance flights. The Navy lieutenant was the pilot of the turboprop plane that collided with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea on April 1, resulting in the loss of the Chinese aircraft and its pilot. Osborn managed to nurse his crippled aircraft about 70 miles to an emergency landing on Hainan island. He landed without permission--though after broadcasting a "Mayday"--starting an 11-day standoff between the US and China. He also saved the lives of the 24 US military personnel aboard the plane.

It was a harrowing, nerve-wracking experience, according to accounts from the US crew. With two of the plane's four propellers not working and its nose cone, containing vital instruments, sheared off, the aircraft plunged as much as 8,000 feet with its left wing pointing almost straight down as Osborn desperately struggled to regain control. It was "a spectacular feat of airmanship," a Pentagon spokesman said this week.

Source: Edward Walsh in San Francisco Chronicle , Apr 13, 2001

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