What's in a word? Plenty when extraordinary deeds bring it to the forefront
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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