Here’s your adrenaline boost for today. James Salter reviews Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson by William Langewiesche in the New York Review of Books. Here’s a snippet of the review, which includes a gripping account of the ditch:
In the cockpit the ground warning alarm had begun, an automatic voice repeating that the plane was too low. Sullenberger called for the flaps on the wings to be extended in order to slow the plane for impact. At two hundred feet he began breaking his glide and ballooned a little. They were at 150 knots—about 180 miles an hour. He lowered the nose slightly and then, pulling back on the stick in the last few seconds before touching down, his airspeed spent, remarked coolly to Skiles, “Got any ideas?”
“Actually not,” Skiles said.