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Even after landing his powerless jetliner on the Hudson River, pilot Sullenberger maintained his cool:

One of the first rescuers on the scene said Sullenberger seemed impervious to the chaos around him.

"He looked absolutely immaculate," the rescuer said. "He looked like David Niven in an airplane uniform. He looked unruffled. His uniform was sharp. You could see him walking down the aisles making sure everybody got out."

My first thought was something like, “That’s how nearly everyone with a genuinely tough job acts.” US troops, or of the folks who, since 9-11, we now call “first responders”, show the same quiet resolve. They’re just doing their job.

Betsy Newmark summarizes nicely:

The New York Post calls him a "superhero pilot." But that does him a disservice. He is an ordinary man who has worked hard to acquire the very skills that he had to call on yesterday. He is indeed a hero, but not because of superman-type skills, but because he has apparently worked all his lives to perfect his own and other pilots' skills in doing what they do safely day after day.

Excellence is not an accident. To ascribe amazingly wonderful outcomes to luck cheapens the work and dedication of those who make luck happen.

Sully is driving in the next lane; Sully is in your checkout line; Sully’s kids are in school with yours. Our world is full of Sullys. My thanks to all of them.