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FLY BY WIRE by WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE 031265538X 9780312655389
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On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the planes pilot, Chesley Sully Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the Miracle on the Hudson, and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the miracle on the Hudson the result of extraordinarybut not widely known, and in some cases quite controversialadvances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years?   InFly by Wire, one of Americas greatest journalists takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand the miracle on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in modern aviation.


Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 210

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2010-10-26

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 031265538X

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