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We'll Be in the Hudson -- Airplane Landing on Water

I have three friends named Joe. And Joe #1 (meaning, not that he's my favorite of the Joes, just the one I've known the longest)...he hates every movie he sees. At first I just thought he was really strict with what he liked. Until he rented Swingers on my recommendation, and hated it. I'm not sure if getting married and having three kids makes you lose your sense of humor, or what; but I've given up hope on his taste in film.

But he told me he saw a movie called Hudson Hawk on HBO and he loved it. I thought it had to be great. I think I watched about 15 minutes and that was enough for me. Bruce Willis robbing banks and synchronizing his watch with Danny Aiello based on the length of certain songs. And they sing a Sinatra tune as they casually rob a place (Maybe having recommendations from musician friends isn't a good idea).

I thought about that movie when that plane landed in the Hudson.

And, now that I've seen the pilot on every TV show imaginable, one thing keeps sticking out in my mind. It was when he was talking to airtraffic control. They are telling him various runways and airports he can land at. He calmly states that he can't make it. The air traffic controller than asks where he'll land and the pilot says "We'll be in the Hudson." There's a brief pause followed by "Excuse me?" And Scully repeats himself.

I have no clue why he didn't scream. Okay, well, he's a lot cooler than I. But, even if he's not going to scream bloody murder, couldn't he at least say, "I'm landing this thing in the Hudson River! Make sure boats and fire engines are ready, because this is probably going to get ugly."

Again, he can say that calmly if he prefers.

I just imagine if Sully was on the U.S.S. Indianapolis, when it got torpedoed. It was two days before many were rescued. Hundreds got eaten by sharks. He'd be saying, "S-O-S...we've been hit by a torpedo. We're going down in shark infested waters. We'll be in the Pacific."

I heard a morning radio show say they're sick of seeing Sully on all the TV shows. Well, I love it. It's a great story. It's unfortunate that shortly after, we see a small commuter plane crash in Buffalo. But it's horror stories like that, that make us appreciate when someone lands such a huge aircraft in the water, and everyone survives.

Of course, one guy is suing. I think he's complained about the emotional distress and how he can't fly.

I didn't read the lawsuit, but he may have also had something in there about his socks getting a bit damp while he was on the wing of the aircraft, waiting to get into a boat.

I'm thinking if this lawsuit goes to court, he's going to receive some death threats. Just like that woman that had the 28 kids or whatever it was.

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I have three friends named Joe. And Joe #1 (meaning, not that he's my favorite of the Joes, just the one I've known the longest)...he hates every movie he sees. At first I just thought he was really strict with what he liked. Until he rented Swingers on my recommendation, and hated it. I'm not sure if getting married and having three kids makes you lose your sense of humor, or what; but I've given up hope on his taste in film.

But he told me he saw a movie called Hudson Hawk on HBO and he loved it. I thought it had to be great. I think I watched about 15 minutes and that was enough for me. Bruce Willis robbing banks and synchronizing his watch with Danny Aiello based on the length of certain songs. And they sing a Sinatra tune as they casually rob a place (Maybe having recommendations from musician friends isn't a good idea).

I thought about that movie when that plane landed in the Hudson.

And, now that I've seen the pilot on every TV show imaginable, one thing keeps sticking out in my mind. It was when he was talking to airtraffic control. They are telling him various runways and airports he can land at. He calmly states that he can't make it. The air traffic controller than asks where he'll land and the pilot says "We'll be in the Hudson." There's a brief pause followed by "Excuse me?" And Scully repeats himself.

I have no clue why he didn't scream. Okay, well, he's a lot cooler than I. But, even if he's not going to scream bloody murder, couldn't he at least say, "I'm landing this thing in the Hudson River! Make sure boats and fire engines are ready, because this is probably going to get ugly."

Again, he can say that calmly if he prefers.

I just imagine if Sully was on the U.S.S. Indianapolis, when it got torpedoed. It was two days before many were rescued. Hundreds got eaten by sharks. He'd be saying, "S-O-S...we've been hit by a torpedo. We're going down in shark infested waters. We'll be in the Pacific."

I heard a morning radio show say they're sick of seeing Sully on all the TV shows. Well, I love it. It's a great story. It's unfortunate that shortly after, we see a small commuter plane crash in Buffalo. But it's horror stories like that, that make us appreciate when someone lands such a huge aircraft in the water, and everyone survives.

Of course, one guy is suing. I think he's complained about the emotional distress and how he can't fly.

I didn't read the lawsuit, but he may have also had something in there about his socks getting a bit damp while he was on the wing of the aircraft, waiting to get into a boat.

I'm thinking if this lawsuit goes to court, he's going to receive some death threats. Just like that woman that had the 28 kids or whatever it was.

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Wow. I actually haven't seen any interviews with Sullivan, and had not heard that quote.

But it's not surprising to me that he was that cool. Pilots are trained to calmly evaluate situations under pressure, and then make a decision. That's exactly what he did. Great job. I'm sure his experience as a glider pilot was extremely helpful as well.

And of course, there's already merchandise commemorating the event, available on Zazzle:

http://www.zazzle.com/well_be_in_the_hudson_blk_mug-168559885094767248

Feb. 17, 2009

Sully has been on all kinds of shows. I saw half of the 60 Minutes interview, which was interesting. I saw some of Larry King, and all of his segment with Letterman.

I do understand pilots aren't supposed to be screaming. I mean, I just read in the paper today that a turkey vulture went thru an airplane window. The pilot in that was probably calm, relatively speaking.

My point was just...he seemed...a little more calm than he should've been. I mean, to say "we'll be in the Hudson." That's just so weird. Not even "I'm going to try to land this thing in the Hudson," or anything.

Feb. 17, 2009

Noah: "I'll be in the whale". Evil Knievel: "I'll be in the canyon". Saddam Hussein: "I'll be hanging around". Dan Aykroyd: "I'll be in Phoebe" (lucky bastard) Feel free to add your own. I'll be in bed.

Feb. 17, 2009

That was funny. Just not sure I get the Aykroyd one. Kevin Kline is married to Phoebe Cates. I forget Aykroyds wife, but she was in a film with him...a blonde woman.

Feb. 18, 2009

You're right. I mixed 'em up.

Feb. 18, 2009

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