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How Sully Got That Way

by John M. White |

As an Air Force pilot Capt. Sullenberger flew in the U.S. Air Force, and if you would like to know what kind of training these pilots undergo, I suggest you watch this 48 minute video: This incredible video shows you what life is like in combat.  If you take the time to watch, you will discover where his calm came from, and how he was able to concentrate on the task at hand. Military training is, of course, excellent for teaching pilots to properly task and how to handle the unexpected.  In the civilian world we don't get that advantage. What we do get in the civilian world is the world's best simulator and flight training. The difference lies in the fact that a military pilot is concentrating on staying alive all the time.  Note that during this video you see the pilots walking the runway at dawn to check for any debris that might disable their aircraft.  Clearly they understand the dangers of their profession. As you listen to Capt. Sullenberger you begin to understand the intense desire he had to do his job without flaw, and how much it distressed himself to find that he will never complete his career with a perfect record.  But, I would argue he WILL complete his career with a perfect record.  He may have lost an aircraft, but he did not lose any lives.  Would anyone trade even one life for an aircraft? Let me know what you think. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

Firewall: (1) The part of the airplane specially designed to allow all heat and exhaust to enter the cockpit. (2) The act of pulling 69 inches of manifold pressure, out of an engine designed to pull 60.


— Bob Stevens, 'There I Was.


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