Do not think that this is just another adoring story of Capt. Sullenberger's amazing landing on the Hudson. Langewiesche does a superb job of storytelling and provides an exceptionally researched background narrative concerning the development of the first totally fly-by-wire commercial aircraft. As the story of flight 1549 unfolds you will hear about what really happens during a bird strike and how jet engine manufacturers test for such events (somewhat bizarre), some amazing (as well as some very tragic) tales of stalled-engine landings, and the pioneering efforts of aviation visionaries such as Airbus executive Bernard Ziegler to develop the fly-by-wire concept in the face of dogged opposition. A great story made even better by a superb performance. I was sorry to see it end.
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