Scott O'Grady

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Books by Scott O'Grady

  • The film "Behind Enemy Lines" is loosely based upon his experiences
  • Survived in hostile Soviet territory for six days before being rescued by the U.S. Marines
  • Featured on CNN's Voices of the Millennium & Then and Now

Captain Scott F. O'Grady was born in Brooklyn, New York. He moved with his family to Long Beach, California in 1970, then to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1972 and finally to Spokane, Washington, in 1974. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1984 and attended the University ofWashington for one year before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. O'Grady earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Aeronautical) in 1989 and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program, April 1989.

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  • Return with Honor: The American pilot who was shot down over Bosnia provides a candid, inside account of his ordeal, struggle for survival, and rescue.
  • Basher Five-Two: 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.
  • Military
  • Motivational

Captain Scott F. O'Grady was born in Brooklyn, New York. He moved with his family to Long Beach, California in 1970, then to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1972 and finally to Spokane, Washington, in 1974. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1984 and attended the University ofWashington for one year before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. O'Grady earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Aeronautical) in 1989 and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program, April 1989.

Following college, O'Grady attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, from November 1989 to December 1990. He was then assigned to F-16 pilot training at Luke Air Force Base until December 1991 when he began his first operational assignment flying the F-16 at the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Korea. In April 1993, O'Grady wasreassigned to the 526th Fighter Squadron in Ramstein, Germany, until assuming a position in May 1994 with the 555th Fighter Squadron in Aviano, Italy. In October 1995, he was assigned as an F-16 pilot with the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In July 1998, he was assigned to a joint survival agency at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington. After 12 years of military service, O’Grady entered inactive reserve status in February 2001. Shortly after, he enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters Degree in the spring of 2007. Scott also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in public service by the University of Portland in Oregon.

O’Grady was helping enforce the NATO no-fly zone policy in the skies over Bosnia when a Soviet made anti aircraft missile slammed into his F-16. O’Grady tells his incredible story of how he survived in hostile territory for six days before being rescued by the U.S. Marines in his book, Return With Honor, which spent six weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. He has also published Basher Five-Two, a children’s edition of his original story. His courageous story has also been documented on the Discovery Channel presentation, Behind Enemy Lines. In addition, O'Grady has been featured on CNN’s Voices of the Millennium, and Then and Now, series that focus on the most influential personalities of the 20th Century.

O'Grady has accumulated more than 1,300 military flying hours including over 1,000 in the F-16.

As of January 2013, Scott is a partner at Wellington Realty in Texas.

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