Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

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Thorndike Press, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 291 pages
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On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the "Miracle on the Hudson," and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the "miracle" on the Hudson the result of extraordinary--but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial--advances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years?

In "Fly by Wire," one of America's greatest journalists takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand the

"miracle" on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in

modern aviation.

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User Review  - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing

Langewiesche knows his audience will have already heard about Cactus 1549, so he begins obliquely with what New Yorkers would have seen of the ditching that day, and then he builds up the picture with ... Read full review

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User Review  - jtlauderdale - LibraryThing

This is a brief account of what happened that day in Jan. '09 on the Hudson River when now-famous Capt. Sullenberger saved an airbus full of passengers from disaster. It wasn't solely his flying skill ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Langewiesche is an American author and journalist, and was a professional airplane pilot for many years. He is currently the international correspondent for the magazine Vanity Fair, but made his name as a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine. He has written articles covering events such as the World Trade Center cleanup, a three-part series which was published as the book American Ground. Langewiesche was a finalist for the 2004 Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage for American Ground. Unbuilding the World Trade Center and 2005 for The Outlaw Sea. He was a finalist for the 2007 Michael Kelly Award. He currently lives in France.

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