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Scott O'Grady

Scott O'Grady

Keynote Speaker: Former U.S. Air Force Captain, Fighter Pilot Who Survived After Crashing Behind Enemy Lines & Author of "Return With Honor"

Scott O'Grady Biography

Captain Scott O’Grady was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 12, 1965. 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 of Washington for one year before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona. Captain 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, Captain 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, Captain O’Grady was reassigned to the 526th Fighter Squadron, Ramstein AB, 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 Captain 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.

Captain 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. Capt. O’Grady tells his incredible story of how he survived in hostile territory for six days before being rescued by the US Marines in his book, Return With Honor, which spent six weeks on The New York Times bestseller 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, Scott 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 past 25 years.

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

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Scott O'Grady Videos

Pilot hopes others can benefit from terrifying ordeal
Situation Critical - S01E05 - Downed Pilot
CNN: Surviving behind enemy lines

How to book Scott O'Grady?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Scott O'Grady for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Scott O'Grady, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Scott O'Grady or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Scott O'Grady?

Booking fees for Scott O'Grady, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Scott O'Grady, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Scott O'Grady?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Scott O'Grady for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Scott O'Grady for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Scott O'Grady or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Scott O'Grady or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Scott O'Grady is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Inspirational and Peak Performance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Scott O'Grady for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Scott O'Grady generally travels from Dallas, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Jim Morris and Coach Ken Carter. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Scott O'Grady for an upcoming event.

Scott O'Grady Videos

Pilot hopes others can benefit from terrifying ordeal
Situation Critical - S01E05 - Downed Pilot
CNN: Surviving behind enemy lines

Scott O'Grady Reviews

  • The work flow was excellent - you guys made my job much easier and it was a pleasure to work with you. We like hiring keynote speakers that have an instant connection with our members – even before they meet. Scott couldn’t have been more perfect! His story has been out there for a time, but our members remembered it well and got the chance to relive almost every detail and moment as Scott re-inspired them with his miraculous tale of survival, acts of courage, and evident devotion to God, family and country. Scott embodies what’s great about our country and what we can all strive to accomplish and become when we prepare, work hard, and stay focused.
    Utah Association of Counties (UAC) - Nov 22 2016

Scott O'Grady Speaking Topics

  • Return With Honor

    Scott O'Grady speaks about his incredible true-life struggle to survive in the hostile territory of war-torn Bosnia. Scott O'Grady's story is an inspirational tale of courage, faith and patriotism by an American hero.

Scott O'Grady News

How to book Scott O'Grady?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Scott O'Grady for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Scott O'Grady, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Scott O'Grady or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Scott O'Grady?

Booking fees for Scott O'Grady, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Scott O'Grady, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Scott O'Grady?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Scott O'Grady for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Scott O'Grady for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Scott O'Grady or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Scott O'Grady or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Scott O'Grady is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Inspirational and Peak Performance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Scott O'Grady for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Scott O'Grady generally travels from Dallas, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Jim Morris and Coach Ken Carter. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Scott O'Grady for an upcoming event.

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