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Sully's Top Ten Experience

Feb. 11 2009, Published 1:34 p.m. ET

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Last night, Capt. Chesley "Sully'' Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 -- the January 15 Hudson River bellyfloppers -- appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.'

The hero pilot was ready with quips, as when David Letterman asked if the Airbus A320 was designed to float and replied, "We were very glad that this one remained intact and did."

When the subject of his nickname came up, the captain replied, "With a name like Chesley, Sully is just going to have to happen.''

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When Letterman commented on the disabled aircraft flying less than 1,000 feet over the George Washington Bridge, copilot Jeff Skiles pointed out, "It's better than zero feet.''

Sullenberger admitted that the crew members have had trouble sleeping and are suffering flashbacks to the accident

"Each of us, all five of us, have experienced some of those typical symptoms. It's just human nature,'' Sulley said of the cockpit crew and flight attendants Sheila Dail, Donna Dent and Doreen Welsh.

Welsh said the biggest shock was probably the fact that she was on the Letterman show.


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