Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is the airline pilot with the nerves of steel who landed that crippled jetliner on the Hudson River last January. You might remember, that shortly after take-off U.S. Airways Flight 1549 encountered a flock of geese over Manhattan. The geese knocked out all the engines. Quick thinking Captain “Sully” flew the airline like a glider and touched down safely on the river.
Big time publisher William Morrow reportedly paid over three million dollars for the hero pilot’s memoir. Now the publisher has announced a 350-thousand copy first-printing of “Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters ” due out this fall, according to the Publishers Weekly website.
Captain “Sully” writes, with the help of co-author Jeffrey Zaslow, about wanting to fly since the age of five. He would grow-up to fly fighter planes, gliders, and eventually airline passenger jets. Also in the book, Sullenberger talks frankly about his commercial aviation career and the difficulties it has caused in his family life, as well as the recent toll the public spotlight has had on his marriage. Whether he likes it or not, Sullenberger’s life has been changed forever by a flight that lasted less than six minutes.