I earned my private pilots license at a young age of 18 and have flown in everything from a hang glider to a B-17.
Years of flying have taught me a lot of things mainly "Once the Gear is up Every Flight becomes a Maiden Voyage".
Well nothing could have been more true for Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, who safely glided his Airbus A320 onto New York City's Hudson River.
Sullenberger, 57, is a 29-year veteran at US Airways, an Air Force Academy Graduate and a former Air Force fighter pilot and is also very lucky.
Water landings, known as ditching in aviation circles rarely turn out as well as flight 1549. By saying rarely I mean as in almost never. In a flight that went all kinds of wrong, "Sully" had everything else line up in just the right way, to get the plane down safely.
There is only one explanation the hand of God.
Above Captian Sullenberger and his A320 about 300 AGL moments before ditching in New York's chilly Hudson River.
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