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Chesley B. Sullenberger III

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The Resume

    (January 23, 1951- )
    Born in Dennison, Texas
    US Air Force pilot (1973-80)
    Pilot for US Airways (1980- )
    Founded a safety consulting firm, Safety Reliability Methods (2007)
    After losing power following take off from LaGuardia Airport, made a successful water landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson River (January 15, 2009)

Why he might be annoying:

    He is nicknamed 'Sully.'
    His plane was brought down by geese.
    He came within 900 feet of hitting the George Washington Bridge.
    He was called 'the flying stud' by the New York Daily News.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He received the Air Force Academy's Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award, given to the top flier in each graduating class.
    He helped develop the Cockpit Resource Management training program for airline safety.
    He is licensed as a glider pilot.
    Several commentators noted that he was the right person in the right place.
    All 155 passengers and crew survived the crash landing, with only one serious injury ( a flight attendant who suffered two broken legs).
    He walked through waist-high water in the sinking plane twice to make sure everyone had evacuated before leaving himself.
    Neighbor Joe Green said, 'It's not unusual that he could be a hero because he has been my hero all the time.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 29 Votes: 17.24% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 115 Votes: 53.91% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 435 Votes: 45.75% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 654 Votes: 60.86% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 427 Votes: 52.93% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 153 Votes: 83.66% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 192 Votes: 57.29% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 6393 Votes: 24.59% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 171 Votes: 74.27% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 166 Votes: 46.39% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 930 Votes: 43.12% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 2951 Votes: 30.06% Annoying