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"Sully" Gets the Bird in D.C.

1/21/2009 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

According to Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger -- revenge tastes like chicken.


TMZ has learned the most famous pilot on the planet made his first public appearance in D.C. last night, at a low-key dinner with some members of his heroic flight crew and several passengers from Flight 1549. The name of the restaurant -- Hudson... Seriously.

Sully was a rockstar, shaking hands with a steady flow of admirers in the restaurant -- which by the way, is great.

Now the best part: As if to take revenge on the birds that brought down his jet, Sully dined on buttermilk fried chicken.

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31.

crus    

Sully is a hero, what a real hero is. What our children should aspire to be, a decent person, who does the right thing.
As for So Cal Steeler, I actually like your team, only because of your uniforms though. Don't know much about sports, but
I did visit Pittsburgh twice, really cool city. The skyline is unbelievable, I think got voted prettiest skyline in the U.S. a few
times. People were real cool, too. Didn't vote for Barack, but willing to give him a chance, better get moving though, nothing different in a year, then, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss". Goodnight all.

2071 days ago
32.

Patty    

re #5 - Stacy:

The co-pilot, Jeff ?, was flying the plane during take off. When the incident occured and it was realized what had happened to the engines, he handed control over to 'Sully' who has more flying experience. Jeff stated this himself in an interview.

As for the flock of geese - I understand that there were radars that picked up the flock, however, the air traffic controller working with this plane did not have the flock on his radar.

Before anyone states anything about my comment being full of excuses....google it first.

2071 days ago
33.

Robert    

Since TMZ and the media are so infatuated with one person being responsible for landing a plane in water, I will give my thanks to the rest of the crew of the plane, especially the co-pilot who helped Sully land the plane...

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III
Age 58, joined US Airways (PSA Airlines) in 1980. He has a total of 19,663 flights hours

First officer Jeffrey B. Skiles
Age 49, joined US Airways (USAir) in 1986. He has a total of 15,643 flight hours.

Flight attendant, Shelia Dail
Age 57, joined US Airways (Piedmont Airlines) in 1980 and has more than 28 years experience with the airline.

Flight attendant, Doreen Welsh
Age 58, joined US Airways (Allegheny Airlines) in 1970 and has more than 38 years experience with the airline.

Flight attendant, Donna Dent
Age 51, joined US Airways (Piedmont Airlines) in 1982 and has more than 26 years experience with the airline.

2071 days ago
34.

dee    

Now this guy is a true hero who didn't crack under pressure. I'd rather shake his hand than Obama's.

2071 days ago
35.

Christine    

I hate how the media gets his name wrong. They call him Chelsea. His name is pronounced Ches-lee.

2071 days ago
36.

antbabs    

Mr. "Sully" is a hero! May we all be as lucky to have him as our pilot in an event like that.

(I bet he and Mrs. Sully dance better than Mr/Mrs. O).

Bless you Mr. Sully.

2071 days ago
37.

mara    

Good to see him without his arms folded...Congrats, Sully, I hope you got comped!

2071 days ago
38.

snickers    

TMZ are idiots. But this man and his crew are genuine heroes.

2071 days ago
39.

fashion disaster    

Captain Sully is a rock star!

2071 days ago
40.

ObamaBiden    

Of course Sully did a great job landing in the river. But both pilots should have been on the lookout for birds. Sully was looking at maps.

2071 days ago
41.

maggot    

He should have at least put on a jacket and a tie for this occasion and not look like a slob...goes for the two fruit on his flanks

BUT DON'T GET ME WRONG HE DOES DESERVE A MAJOR CASH BONUS FROM U.S. AIRWAYS BASED ON WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE PAID OUT IN CIVIL LAWSUITS FOR ALL THE DEAD PASSENGERS!!

2071 days ago
42.

Carrys F.    

Shouldn't he go home to his family for heaven's sake?????

2071 days ago
43.

Mario    

He deserves a statue at the hudson river!!!!! EAT THOSE BIRDS SULLY!

2071 days ago
44.

omg!omg!    

so did i read the title wrong....did someone flip this guy off? or are they talking about some chicken?
i dont get it-
xoxo

love harvey

2070 days ago
45.

why?    

The whole thing was a set up so he could get invited to the Inauguration....Clever ,very clever.

2070 days ago
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