Hudson River Hero is Ex-Air Force Fighter Pilot

NEW YORK (AP) - The pilot who was able to skim the surface of
the Hudson River with his disabled jetliner has plenty of
experience with what can go wrong mid-air.
Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III is a former fighter pilot
who runs a safety consulting firm in addition to flying commercial
He has served on a board that investigated aircraft accidents
and participated in several National Transportation Safety Board
Sullenberger's wife told CNN she hadn't been watching the news
and was stunned to hear about the ordeal from her husband after it
was all over.
She says when she learned what had happened her "body started
shaking" and she rushed to get her daughters out of school.
The Danville, Calif., man became an instant hero yesterday,
earning praise from those aboard US Airways Flight 1549, from New
York's mayor and governor, and from an online fan club. Everyone
onboard survived.

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  • by James Location: Pike Co on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    "The Good Lord" has his pilot's license? OH, u must be referring to "Sully" HE was the man flying the contraption. The "good lord" put the geese in front of it, by your strategy.
  • by Dee Location: Georgetown on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    I agree with Ted.
  • by Ted Location: Mayking on Jan 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    The Good Lord was with this Vet and the people on US Airways Flight 1549. His experience and God brought them all home safely. Amen!
  • by Me Location: Lancaster on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    He was a hero before this :)
  • by Renee Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    There are a few heroes left in this world...CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU. This hero deserves a medal. If only there were more in the world like him.
  • by Ken on Jan 16, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    As an Air Force Vet (and even if I wasn't) all I can say is what a great job and REAL hero this guy is.


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