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Old 03-04-2010, 12:56 AM   #1
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Sully will earn more delivering speeches and consulting on airline safety than he ever could as a pilot. A well deserved ESR and a great way to go.
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It's always better to go out at the top of your game. Good for him!
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I hope this means that I can stop hearing about how great he is. He and Ohno and Vonn are all great, but I'm tired of hearing about them.
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I hope this means that I can stop hearing about how great he is. He and Ohno and Vonn are all great, but I'm tired of hearing about them.
The Victory Tour is just getting started.

This is a great opportunity for him to point out that it might make sense to raise or eliminate the mandatory retirement age in favor of performance testing.
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This is a great opportunity for him to point out that it might make sense to raise or eliminate the mandatory retirement age in favor of performance testing.
And why "early retirement" might be a bad thing?
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I hope this means that I can stop hearing about how great he is. He and Ohno and Vonn are all great, but I'm tired of hearing about them.
Who would you rather hear about?
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And why "early retirement" might be a bad thing?
Maybe in his case, although in that occupation it's nowhere near as bad as presuming that they're going to get paid a pension.

I bet companies like Flight Safety are begging him to sign up.
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Sully could start with air traffic control safety:

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He seems a little too respectable. I'm sure before long we'll here about inappropriate relationships with multiple fight attendants and an Oxycontin problem. He'll tell us how Tiger and Limbaugh are helping his family cope.
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He did a great job flying that airliner. But I am tired of hearing that he is a hero.
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Land a plane in the river and we'll all hear all about you!
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Land a plane in the river and we'll all hear all about you!
I suspect that what T-Al is questioning is all the 'hero' talk. Was Sully really a 'hero'? I don't know all the details, but I question it. To me, a hero is someone who puts themselves (or anything they value) at risk for the benefit of others without regard for their own safety or well being.

Sully was also saving himself when he landed the plane. Would he had done anything differently if he was the only one on board?

Another thing that may have been discussed but I have not heard, is whether he did anything that the average pilot would not have done. I understand that an unconventional landing like this is much more difficulty than a standard one, but that is part of their training. If he did show extraordinary skill (and he may have), then that is a testament to his skill, but I don't think that alone makes him a hero.

Or turn it around - what if something about the timing of that landing made it even more difficult, and all the passengers died? Would Sully then be 'evil'?

I think the news media decided that 'hero' would sell well, and they ran with it. But he does come across as a really nice guy on TV, and I'd bet that he really is.

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I would not call Sully a hero. I do admire his skills, nay, am jealous of them.

But he does work well under pressure. A well earned retirement for him.

I'm sure by now he is sick and tired of the inane media attention.
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Yes, ERD50 has expressed my feelings pretty well.

The Olympic winners are also not heroes (as here, and here, and here), they are skilled and competitive teenagers who, in some cases, have a mental defect that makes them give up their childhood so that they can practice 8+ hours per day.

End of cynicism.
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... they are skilled and competitive teenagers who, in some cases, have a mental defect that makes them give up their childhood so that they can practice 8+ hours per day.
That's odd, I've heard that comment about people who like to spend their time planning for ER.

Perhaps sometimes an athlete's mental defect is a multi-generational culture.

Elana Meyers, an Olympic bobsledder who won bronze, didn't even come to the sport until after college. She's the daughter of Eddie Meyers, one of my USNA classmates and a retired NFL player. (I think he holds a few college running-back records.) Eddie's older brother is Charlie Meyers, another USNA grad and a tiny step too slow for the pros. Frankly her blog photo looks meaner more competitive than either her father or her uncle ever did.

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"My point to her has always been that, 'You're an athlete; you're always going to be an athlete,' " Eddie Meyers said. "We've talked about this all along. Athletes always find something to do. It doesn't matter what it is, you're going to want to compete."
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I don't think any of them are worried about ER...
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So, again.. who would you rather hear about? Who is worthy of media attention, in your opinion?

Personally, I don't understand the obsession with celebrity that seems to befall most Americans...our "celebrities" are treated like they are larger than life, and after a while they start to drink their own bathwater... I would much rather hear about our Olympic athletes instead of overpaid, pampered professionals who cheat on their spouses and their sport; I prefer coverage of real-life inspirational figures like Chesley Sullenberger over media creations like Donald Trump or OJ Simpson. Scott Brown's daughter singing the National Anthem is a better news clip than ad nauseum coverage of Lindsay Lohan's or Charlie Sheen's latest drugged or drunken antics. I'd like more coverage about about our future business and political leaders instead of the sexual peccadillos of whatever inane celebrity TMZ is stalking this week. I'm a lot more interested in hearing more about the real heroes- our troops putting their lives on the line for us- instead of glorifying gang-banger wanna-be rappers shooting each other over ho's, drugs, or song lyrics....and I would rather watch a NatGeo or Ken Burns documentary than an over-hyped media contrivance that last for months and produces a "winner" - singing, dancing, or dating... But that's just me.
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Well, there's this guy, who managed to take the marine route of going toward danger rather than running from it:

Suspected Colo. School Gunman Was Inside Building Hours Before Shooting - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com

Or this guy, who did something more along the lines of Sully:

http://www.news.com.au/world/british...-1225837442852

Seems like some people are just heroic by nature - I'm maybe more impressed by those who, aware of the danger and afraid, soldier on anyway when doing so moves them into the path of harm.
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I suspect that what T-Al is questioning is all the 'hero' talk. Was Sully really a 'hero'? I don't know all the details, but I question it. To me, a hero is someone who puts themselves (or anything they value) at risk for the benefit of others without regard for their own safety or well being.

Sully was also saving himself when he landed the plane. Would he had done anything differently if he was the only one on board?

Another thing that may have been discussed but I have not heard, is whether he did anything that the average pilot would not have done. I understand that an unconventional landing like this is much more difficulty than a standard one, but that is part of their training. If he did show extraordinary skill (and he may have), then that is a testament to his skill, but I don't think that alone makes him a hero.

Or turn it around - what if something about the timing of that landing made it even more difficult, and all the passengers died? Would Sully then be 'evil'?

BTW, is Jessica Lynch a hero? Based on the facts, it would be hard to put that label on her, IMHO.........

I think the news media decided that 'hero' would sell well, and they ran with it. But he does come across as a really nice guy on TV, and I'd bet that he really is.

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Would you have called him a hero had he ATTEMPTED to land at the airport instead of the Hudson? If he did that, everyone would be dead, but he would look more like a hero.

FWIW, Sully didn't like the media glare after the event. he still maintains he was just doing his job. The guy who landed the plane in Iowa when he had NO hydraulic fluid may fit the hero title more, but in my mind Sully is as much as hero as anyone........
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