January 17, 2009

Positivity: The Right Stuff

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:30 am

From IBDeditorials.com:

Posted Friday, January 16, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Heroes: The watery crash landing of US Airways flight 1549 with all 155 passengers emerging alive has been called a “miracle.” Miracle? We see something even better: True competence by a well-trained professional.

No doubt about it: US Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, a former fighter pilot with more than 40 years of flying under his belt, had the right stuff.

After hitting a flock of geese in his Airbus A320 shortly after takeoff and stalling out, he dead-sticked the plane into the Hudson River. Within five minutes, all 155 passengers had exited the stricken jet safely in 20-degree weather.

Only one word for this: Fantastic.

The story has captivated people. Maybe it’s the happy ending. The last time this happened, in 1982, an Air Florida jet hit a bridge over the Potomac and tumbled into the water. Sadly, the outcome was typical of wet landings: Just five of the 79 passengers survived.

But another reason people found this story thrilling is that, at a time of national crisis, it’s wonderful to see a person who’s extremely good at his job. Pilot Sulley, a 57-year-old Californian, is the walking, talking embodiment of a simple, old-fashioned virtue that seems missing from American life these days: Competence. …..

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