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US Airways Waterlanding: Close Up Image of Inflatable Rafts

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Have you ever wondered if an airplane's inflatable rafts actually work? I always do. The answer is YES. This image of the US Airways' Airbus 320 that just water-landed on the Hudson is just amazing.

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I have been talking with Jorge Mozo, a dear friend of mine who is an Airbus A340 pilot. He said the pilot is a genius, for both his decision on the Hudson river-as it's quieter than the open sea-and his amazing skill; "He got a bit of luck, but his landing was absolutely brilliant". Specially when, after having both engines out, his electrical system was probably on emergency mode and the flight computer that compensates for the plane behavior and the fly-by-wire controls was off. Big skill and big cojones indeed. [Twitter-Thanks Mona]

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rb1971
rb1971 ARGQF+CayenneTurbo+E9+328GTS+R90S

Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Surely you can't be serious.

I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

In all seriousness, damn good flying.