Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks—the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger—the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in history when Captain Chelsley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle, but rather the result of years of practice and training-wisdom he gained in U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas childhood. Born to a dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother, Sully fell in love with planes as a young boy. He learned to fly at 16, taking lessons from a cropduster in a vintage airplane from a grass strip nearby. While his father, a World War II veteran, offered encouragement, he also imparted stern advice the future pilot took to heart: a commander is responsible for everyone in his care. They are words that have shaped Sully’s life and work and continue to guide him today.
At its heart, this is a story of hope and preparedness – supporting the belief that life’s challenges can be met if we’re ready for them – reminding us that, even in these challenging days, there are things still worth fighting for.
About the Author:
Capt. Chesley Sully Sullenberger is an airline pilot and safety expert, and has served as an instructor and as an Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman and accident investigator. He was named the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship in his graduating class at the United States Air Force Academy, and he holds two masters degrees. A native of Denison, TX, he lives in Danville, CA, with his wife and family. Jeffrey Zaslow is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, the coauthor with Randy Pausch of the bestselling The Last Lecture and the author of The Girls from Ames.
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