Friday, January 16, 2009

Go Danville pilots!

If you ever get on a plane, make sure your pilot calls Danville, California home!

Yesterday, former US Air Force fighter pilot, 57-year old Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger III, of Danville, CA (the town adjacent to my hometown of San Ramon) crash landed US Airways flight 1549 into the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York after a "double bird strike" (which will, obviously, be the name of my band).

Both engines of the large passenger plane were rendered lifeless when a flock of geese hit them. Hailed as a hero today, Captain Sully then glided the plane into a semi-circle pattern and crashed the plane safely, at 150 miles per hour, into the Hudson River.  Every single passenger and crew member got off the plane safely.

Captain Sully, you are AWESOME!  Go Danville pilots!

7 comments:

Schwartzilla said...

Danville pilots for the freaking win! Good job old man, way to think on the fly. Get it? Fly! hahahaha

Oh man, I hate being bored at home on a work injury...

E said...

Sully, you can be my wingman anytime.

Vanilla Ice said...

He's also trained in San Diego I beleive...which happens to be where you live. Great story, great blog post...love the band name idea too.

Mike Wood said...

Sully to E: "Bullshit! You can be mine!"

Reuven said...

after reading that story i thought the passengers would never fly again after that experience, but then i thought it about it some more and if i were them i would never STOP flying. What are the chances of you getting into TWO plane crashes?

Mike Wood said...

Truly, Reuven, that is logic from the mind of an engineer. Purely statistical.

Then there's guys like me who have an over-active imagination and obsess on the reality of a world in which certain people are cursed and COULD crash twice... and I could be one of those people! Oh my God! I'm never getting on a plane again! AAAAAAA!

And let's not forget the theory of Chaos, which argues that you and your statistics are just silly and that anything can happen at anytime for reasons far beyond anything your logic has ever considered.

Face it, we're all doomed.

Have a great weekend!

Katie said...

Funny thing is, he's very close to the mandatory retirement age for pilots. Something to be said for experience.