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Flight 1549 Voted Most Exciting Story of the Year

Flight 1549

December 23, 2009 — Voters in our poll this past week selected the Miracle on the Hudson as the most exciting story of 2009. Forty-four percent of Oshkosh365 poll participants chose the story of US Airways Flight 1549, in which Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles performed a successful ditching of an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after losing power in both engines following a catastrophic bird strike. All 155 people on board the flight were saved.

The rest of the top five exciting stories of the year included: SpaceShipTwo Unveiled (8 percent); the 2/3-scale P-38 (7.45 percent); AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 (6.74 percent); and The 51 Percent Rule Preserved (6.38 percent). We also received a number of comments. Here are just a few of them:

Very difficult decision, but ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ had an impact not only on we propeller heads, but on the whole world…SpaceShipTwo was a very close second for me…Me, getting my medical back…1st flight in my RV-7A…Without the success of the preservation of the 51 percent rule, all that has happened this year or in the future will have been meaningless…The significance of that accomplishment won’t be realized for a few years, but Branson and Rutan have made a leap forward that will compare to Buzz Aldren''s setting foot on the moon.”

Thanks to all who participated!

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