Posted by: mutantpoodle | March 3, 2010

You’ve Earned it

A tip of the cap to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the personification of competence and grace under pressure, who flew his last commercial flight today. Thankfully, Sullenberger will not disappear from the public scene:

Sullenberger said he plans to spend more time with his family in retirement and will write another book. He will also continue to talk to lawmakers about raising minimum qualifications for pilots and work to lower the maximum number of hours pilots are able to work in a single day….

Flight attendant Doreen Welsh, 59, who was on Flight 1549 when it landed in the Hudson, also officially retired Wednesday. Welsh, 59, joined US Airways’ predecessor airline in 1970 — when she was 19 years old.

In case you’ve forgotten, check out the amazing computer animation above of the flight of US Airways 1549 from LaGuardia Airport into the Hudson River.

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