One of my favorite movies from 2016 is a thrilling biographical drama about American pilot Chesley Sullenberger, “Sully.” Sully was a 57-year-old former fighter pilot, glider pilot, and expert on aviation safety as well as the U.S. Airways pilot assigned to Flight 1549 on the morning of January 15, 2009. Sully and copilot Jeffry Skiles were commissioned to fly from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina with 150 passengers on board. Just three minutes after takeoff, their Airbus A320 collided with a flock of geese and lost all engine power. Although some air tower control officers thought Sully
might be able to reach an airport, Sully (who had logged 19,633 total flight hours) believed his only hope
was to land his craft in the icy waters of the Hudson River, which had never been accomplished successfully before. Although this event became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and was described as “the most successful ditching in aviation history,” the incident was carefully scrutinized and debated in court. I don’t want to ruin the suspense if you haven’t already read all about it or remember the incident when it occurred, but even if you have, I still think the movie is very inspiring…to see the way people worked together to survive, and the bravery, valor, and courage of the many officers and citizens who were involved in the rescue. If you want to be inspired to live an unsullied life of integrity and heroism
…this is for you!
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them” (Proverbs 11:3).“He [God] delivers and rescues;
he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth” (Daniel 6:27, ESV).