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Chesley Sullenberger

Smooth Sailing

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Sully Sullenberger knew he wanted to be a pilot from the time
he was five years old. He built model airplanes and read everything
about aviation that he could get his hands on. By his teens, he was flying.

When Sullenberger became an adult pilot, and later experienced cuts in his salary and pension as the airline industry underwent an upheaval, he did not give up on his original goal. He kept flying, but supplemented his income by using his expertise to start a safety consulting service.

Captain Sullenberger safely landed flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, then walked the plane twice to be sure all passengers had been evacuated, and we witnessed a human being who had perfected the art of his passion…aviation.

Reference
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/retired-pilot-capt-chesley-sullenberger/