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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.
Fast reading but with lots of meaningfull thoughts. Content good for all ages teen and above. Highly recommend this book.Published 6 days ago by B.Bob
n January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Marcia Reece #1 Bestselling author Secrets of the Marriage Mouse
This account of the amazing landing in the Hudson due to birds disabling both engines of a commercial airliner is absolutely awe inspiring. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ann T. Buckley
i loved reading it.my first airline pilot auto biography.details his entire life and talks about the industry as well. Read morePublished 25 days ago by dragon
Very interesting and insightful. I loved how his whole life prepared him for the moment he needed to have the knowledge, wisdom and training to respond in a way that would save... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny Foerster