Flutist spotlight: Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III

January 18, 2009

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who heroically piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe emergency landing in the Hudson river, was first-chair flutist in his high school marching band, according to the New York Times.

(It seems contradictory to refer to the high school marching band as having “chairs.” I also object to the Times’s use of the word “flautist.”)

No word on Captain Sullenberger’s recent flute-playing activities, if any. It’s probably a safe guess that he doesn’t get much practice time in these days. I would just like to think I have something in common with the guy.

Flutist Chesley B. Sullenberger III

Flutist Chesley B. Sullenberger III

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