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Navy Pilot to Open Business

March 17, 2002

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) _ Navy Lt. Shane Osborn, who safely landed a crippled spy plane in China, is adding a less heart-pounding job to his resume _ business owner.

Osborn plans to remain in the Navy but he’s opening an all-season patio enclosures business in his hometown of Norfolk.

He will own the Three Seasons and 4 store, which his mother, Diana, will manage. His father, Doug, owns two of the stores in South Dakota, and Shane Osborn has played an active role in the company as vice president.

Osborn was commander on a Navy EP-3E Aries II aircraft that collided with a Chinese fighter over the South China Sea in April. After landing on China’s Hainan island, Osborn and his crew of 23 were detained by the Chinese government for 11 days.

Osborn, based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington, was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for Heroism.

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