Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

"Good to Go": The Rescue of Capt Scott O'Grady, USAF, from Bosnia

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

"Good to Go": The Rescue of Capt Scott O'Grady, USAF, from Bosnia

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"Good to Go": The Rescue of Capt Scott O'Grady, USAF, from Bosnia by Mary Pat Kelly. Naval Institute Press, 118 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5035, 1996, 337 pages, S27.95.

In early June of 1995, the nation held its breath waiting to discover the fate of Air Force captain Scott O'Grady. The Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile (SAM) that destroyed Captain O'Grady's F-16 began a series of events culminating in O'Grady's successful rescue by members of the United States Marine Corps. This story is brought to life in Good to Go. A blow-by-blow account by the actual soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines involved in the rescue moves the reader from the relative "peace" of the Deny Flight operation, through the realization that we had lost an F-16 and its pilot, to an intense rescue of Captain O'Grady and a hair-raising flight back to freedom through the SAM- and antiaircraft-artillery-filled Bosnian countryside.

All of the accounts in the book are taken from interviews conducted with the primary players, including Adm Leighton Smith, who was commander in chief of US Naval Forces Europe and Allied Forces Southern Europe, as well as Marine Corps corporals who were on the helicopters that rescued Captain O'Grady. …

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