Capt. Sully Congressional Medal of Honor?

I think he deserves the highest Civilian honor there is. Is that the Congressional Medal of Honor? I do wish they would tell us about the Co-pilot too. I’m sure Capt. Sully will.

(Mark Duell - feel free to delete if this is duplicated, I searched, could not find another on this topic).

Um, CMH is a military honor… Presidential Medal of Freedom or something along those lines would be more appropriate.

Thanks for the correction, I wasn’t sure. I did hear he was a former fighter pilot though! :smiley:

From Wikipedia

It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States”.

In other words, he’d have to be on active duty and kickin’ some Al Queda ass at the time! (I don’t think Saddam Goosein qualifies) Also, the going “above and beyond the call of duty” tag is a disqualification as well as he was just doing his job. He did it quite well to be sure, but he didn’t do anything extraordinary beyond what he was supposed to do.

Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor.

I have my own opinion on Capt. Sully and I can sum it all up in just one word: courage, dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, guts! Why, Capt. Sully’s got more guts in his little finger than most of us have in our large intestine, including the colon!

I’d like to see all the Pols mugging it up (Bloomberg, Patterson, Bush, etc…*) propose immunity from civil action for the crew. In this age, that would be the true and actionable way to bestow a deserving honor upon these heroes. Immunity from having a heroes life destroyed by lawyers is the modern equivalent to a gift of precious medals.

*By etc I mean Schumer, Clinton, Rangel and The Messiah too.

i disatgree he made decisions that made this accident less painful for everyone involved. He could have decided to go to teterboro and had to drop his 320 on the turnpike, and that probably would not have turned out as good, but it is what it is and,sully and the FO are the heros of this one!! so many different opinions and it is wonderful we have a place to post our feelings and opinions right??

thats more than one word!!! :smiley:

1973 us air force academy grad. i live 10 miles from usafa GO FALCONS!!!

schumer suggested sully get the congressional medal of honor. I think he deserves the colllier trophy amongst other praise. I dont know if i would have made all of the correct decisions he did.

if he gets sued I got the first hundred for his lawyer. We will find the best defense lawyer money can buy, and make sure that he becomes sullys best bud. do i hear anyone else getting on the sully bandwagon???

i live in colorado, and I would find a way to get to NYC, and make sure sully knows he has support. He should be able to tget immunity as someone else said. but I seriously doubt thay could get an impartial jury anywhere on the face of this earth.

Go watch “Airplane II” :laughing:

i get it now, my bad havent seen any aviation horror movies lately lol :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

I hate to say this - but did he not do what he was trained, paid, and expected t do? Are we gonna start handing out medals to toddlers who go potty on the toilet? I mean, he did a great job, kept it together, did what he was supposed to do when he was supposed to do it.

How can simply doing your job entitle you to a Medal of Freedom? I know this stuff is politically motivated but Captain Sullenberger did a masterful job of deadsticking an A320 into the drink. They paid him to fly for USAir for 23 years - and he flew airplanes in and out of airports around the country without any incidents. Then - one day - he took all the experience, all that training, all the knowledge and used it.

That all being said - and having been a pilot myself in a partial engine failure situation - you are too busy reverting to training to even think about not getting the airplane safely down. All he needed to do was keep the wings level and the nose off as long as humanly possible. There was no crosswind correction needed - no runway to make - it was 12,000 miles long from that point to Antarctica.

He did a good job, yes, he deserves the Collier Trophy this year, he’ll get the annual award from ALPA, great job Captain Sully. Great job. CMH? Medal of Freedom? No.

I’ll chuck in the next $100 for the defense fund but he’ll be criticized by the lawyers for not going back to LGA- and he’ll tell the lawyers the same thing that Maverick did, “you can’t think up there, you think and you’re dead.”


you must be a pilot. cant we just praise the crew of the aircraft, and crews on the water,etc. I am an enthusiast who puts pilots on a high pedastal. I cannot tell you why, but I do. I have talked to pilots of biz jets who dont like when I put them on a pedastal(SIC) anyways they have said to me thats its just another job, and that is true in all ways. I know that pilots of all different types train for most if not all emergencies, and having an emergency come out the way this one did is just miraculous. dont you agree??

Don’t put me on a pedestal, I’m likely to fall off after a couple hours at the bar with the other pilots!

Seriously though, Captain Sullenberger did a great job handling the emergency and protecting his pax and crew. Just like he’s been doing for his entire career. All this talk about government awards and medals is touchy-feely garbage.

Thanks Globe- no one ever puts me on a pedestal! But I DID praise him - he kept his cool and did what he needed to do. Trust me - when the feces hits the spinning blades you are too busy getting over the 'wtf just happened, oh crap, what do I do now and then you say the Shepard’s Prayer [Alan Shepard - Lord, don’t let me f$%k this up] that you are not worrying or even thinking. Like Maverick said in Top Gun, “if you think, you die.” its all about training and reflex.

Now, like they said on SNL last night, if they knew theoir pilot was called Sully, they NEVER would have gotten on the plane!

We need to wait for the accident report. What if the off airport landing was caused by pilot error?

I’m not taking anything away from the guy but it’s sure funny how America West has been so silent. If I was CEO of America West I’d have the crew on the talk show circuit.

Frank Holbert

America West???