Nebraska Authors

Shane Osborn

Born Mitchell, SD (USA)

Distinguished Flying Cross for action as pilot of an American reconnaissance plane that was hit by a Chinese plane that intercepted it in international airspace near Hainan. Osborn saved his 23 member crew, landed on Hainan and along with his crew was briefly held. Osborn later served as Nebraska State Treasurer, 2007-2011.

Places Lived

Norfolk, NE
Black Hills, SD
Anacortes, WA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction




Norfolk High School
University of Nebraska


Career Military
Nebraska State Treasurer


Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement in flight
Naval ROTC scholarship


Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane. 2001. (with Malcolm McConnell)
Born to Fly: The Historic Story of Downed U.s. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn. 2001. (with Michael French, for young readers, 10-14 years)

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