If you thought that the pilot who landed US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River was cool, you haven’t seen this simulation with the real FAA voice recordings. I’m absolutely stunned by his nerves.
The captain of Cactus 1549—the codename for flight 1549—is cooler than Batman, Iron Man, and frikkin Admiral Adama all rolled into one. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, 57, is a former US Air Force fighter pilot who left the military in 1980. Couple that with the fact that he is also a safety expert and a glider pilot, and you will understand why his nerves are made of steel.
Jump to minute 1:26, when the birds hit the fans and all the action starts. Then, keep listening until he decides to go down onto the Hudson river rather than going to Teterboro airport’s runway one, in New Jersey:
L116: Cactus 1549 turn right two eight zero. You can land on runway one at Teterboro.
AWE1549: We can’t do it.
L116: OK, which runway would like at Teterboro.
AWE1549: We’re gonna be in the Hudson.
(understandable silence from La Guardia)
L116: I’m sorry, say again Cactus.
Then heard as the other people repeats his last transmission. Seriously, I want to be this guy when I grow up. [Thanks Kat]