Shane Osborn

Shane Osborn (born 1974) is the state treasurer of Nebraska.


Shane Osborn was born in South Dakota in 1974 and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, by his single mother, Diana Osborn. In 1992, Shane attended the University of Nebraska on a Naval ROTC scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Statistics and Actuarial Science, in 1996. He went active duty Navy after college and was assigned to the "World Watchers" Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One. He flew surveillance missions over Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, South America, and in the Asian Pacific area. While on a surveillance missions in the South China Sea, they were routinely harassed by Chinese military fighter jets. On April 1, 2001, a Chinese F-8 II fighter jet collided with his EP-3E ARIES II plane in international airspace. The impact severely damaged Osborn’s aircraft, knocking the huge EP-3 Aries II plane out of control causing his large 4 engine aircraft to lose over 8000 feet in an inverted dive. The Chinese aircraft crashed into the ocean and its pilot, Wang Wei, was presumed dead. Osborn gained control of the crippled plane and land it safely on the Chinese island of Hainan, preserving the lives of twenty-three crewmates. Shane and his crew were held for 11 days by Chinese authorities, heightening tensions between the U.S. and China. President Bush spoke with Osborn via telephone on one leg of the return flight to American soil, saying: "As an old F-102 pilot, let me tell you, Shane, you did a heck of a job bringing that aircraft down. You made your country proud." Shane was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement in flight. In 2003, Shane married Teri Gallagher. They have a son Avery and two daughters, Addison and Isabella. On May 1, 2005, Shane left the Navy after nine years of active duty and returned to Nebraska with his wife and children. He was employed by SilverStone Group, a financial services firm in Omaha, Nebraska, leading their Aviation Risk Services Division. He is currently a shareholder at the firm. In 2007, Shane was sworn as Nebraska State Treasurer.

Hainan Island incident

Osborn was a pilot of a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II turboprop that collided with a Chinese F-8 fighter jet above the South China Sea on April 1, 2001. The U.S. plane was knocked into an inverted dive during which it lost 8000 feet of altitude. Osborn regained control and successfully landed the damaged plane on China's Hainan Island and all 24 crew members survived the collision. He and his crew were detained by Chinese authorities for eleven days until their release was negotiated through intense diplomatic efforts.[1]

Osborn was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 2003, he co-authored a book about the incident, Born to Fly.

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Hainan Island incident was the April 1, 2001 collision between a United States Navy EP-3E signals reconnaissance aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy J-8IIM fighter jet that resulted in an international incident between the United States and China.
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Hǎinán Shěng

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Origin of name 海 hǎi - sea
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