The word “airmanship” reentered the common parlance when Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, 3rd, and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles in early 2009 landed a fully booked US Airways A320 on the Hudson River after experiencing a loss of engines. Beyond discussions about the danger resulting from bird strikes and other technicalities, the two pilots demonstrated superior “airmanship.” A nice word, which says it all, although ignored by most dictionaries. It receives a mere four key words in the ...


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