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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 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 the cockpit of U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood.
Born to a World War II veteran and dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother, Sully fell in love with planes early. He learned to fly as an eager 16-year-old from a crop duster, an older neighbor in north Texas, who took off and landed his fragile plane on the grass field behind his house. While Sully′s father encouraged his interest in flying, he also imparted stern advice he′d learned from his Navy service during World War II: a commander is responsible for everyone in his care-and those words have shaped Sully′s life and work and continue to guide him today.
HIGHEST DUTY reveals the important lessons Sully learned through childhood, in his military service, and in his work as a commercial airline pilot. At heart, it is a story of hope and preparedness-that life′s challenges can be met if we′re ready for them-reminding us that, even in these days filled with war, tragedy, and economic uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for.
A few weeks after the crash, Sully discovered that he′d lost a library book about professional ethics, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability, in the downed plane′s cargo hold. When he called the library to notify them, they waived the usual fees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg replaced the book when he gave Sully the Key to the City in a New York ceremony.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
An amazing first-person account of an unparalleled feat of flying by an extremely experienced and accomplished pilot. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marvin Nance
About one tenth of the book is about the ditching of the airplane in the Hudson river. That is interesting. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Von Gardiner
I bought this as a gift for my nephew. He is a Airline Captain. I have read this book and read about a dedicated pilot that landed his two engine jet in the Hudson river after a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronald O. Smith
This story shows want can and is done daily by qualified flight crews when they are called upon to go above and beyond the daily flight routine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BNSF244
Completely inspirational! As an A320 pilot, like the author, I find this book very usefull to inspire me to continue doing the right things, even when they're not convenient. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruy
This is a wonderful book written by Captain Sully. From the very first sentence, "The flight lasted just a few minutes, but so many of the details are rich and vivid to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by abracadabra
Outstanding. What a privledge it was to read about this remarkable man. Brought tears to my eyes more than once
I work as a flight attendant. We had landed at Reagan Airport just before the aitcreaft landed on the Hudson. I really thought there would be mass casualties. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. D. Kelly
Super.....since both I AND MY SONS HAVE BEEN PILOTS, COMMERCIQL AND PRIVATE. sU;LLLY EXPLAINS AVIATION THE WAY IT REALLY IS... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JeffTcom