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Surviving That Airplane Crash Has Made Him Rich And Famous!

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Do you remember that pilot who helped land the malfunctioning US Airways plane into NYC's Hudson River?

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger sure is one lucky man! The pilot, who was also invited to the presidential inauguration this year, as well as the Super Bowl, has just landed a deal to publish a book. Two books, actually.

And the best part? Industry insiders say he got an advance of almost $3,000,000 for agreeing to write both books.


Sully and his agent, Jan Miller, started to meet with publishers last week. Instead of using a proposal, Miller passed out Sully's column that he had written for the My Turn page in Newsweek last month.

One of the editors who met with Sully said that the book would revolve around the idea that Sully's "whole life experience led up to this moment [of the landing],” and would include some lessons on facing life’s challenges. Adding, “It would be mainly a narrative of his life and the key moments that prepared him.” He also thought Sully seemed like “the real thing. There’s a lot more substance to him than most people getting their 15 minutes of fame.”

What do U think? Would U go and buy his books?

[Image via AP Images.]

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64 comments to “Surviving That Airplane Crash Has Made Him Rich And Famous!”

  1. 1

    No, but I would put him behind the controls of " Balsac One".

  2. 2

    I wouldn't buy it…but good luck to him!

  3. 3

    he deserves it

  4. 4

    At least he has a story to tell, but what story you have to tell Mario?, do somebody bought those lame shirts?

  5. 5


  6. 6

    Shit!! I just bought so many FABOOOOSH t-shirts that I have no money left for Sully…

  7. 7

    No, I won't buy it. It is great he safely landed the plane and saved so many lives. However, last time I checked, that was the job of a pilot. Now, if only everyone could get a $3M book deal to write about their lives just because they did their jobs like they were supposed to!

  8. 8

    PS: He deserves his 15 mins of fame, but you? nope, why do you deserved them in the first place?

  9. 9

    Yeah I would. The guy talked the talk and walked the big walk when the time came. There would probably be some lessons to be learned. I read Randy Pauch's book on the sly because the wife kept putting it down, and I learned from that, so yeah Sully showed us what he was made of.

  10. 10

    he definitely deserves it, as well as more recognition in comparison to some of the other idiots on this site. and i wouldn't really downplay his time in the spotlight as "15 minutes of fame" considering…u know he did save a lot of peoples lives as well as their families hapiness

  11. 11

    He's done a Lot with his life..no crap has fallen out of his closet as far as I know,lol…think I heard something about airlines looking at more water landings because of him and he's gonna help with that? If I save like 155 lives can I get 3mill for my double-book deal? Please? lol

  12. 12

    Yes, because unlike Octo-mom and countless other "15 minutes of fame" idiots like her, he does seem like the real deal. Modest, not seeking the spotlight, humble; these are not qualities that 99.9% of people suddenly thrust into the spotlight possess. And when it comes down to it, he and his crew performed one of the most incredible feats in the history of avation that day. I say "GO SULLY!"

  13. 13

    $3,000,000 is not much for saving that many lives.

  14. 14

    TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!! All the crap out there, and all the talentless people making money, is this even a question. He is someone the youth of america and the adult of america can look up to. Sully for Prez!

  15. 15

    As a private pilot who has had my share of near misses, I would love to read his life experiences. Flying is not as easy as some may assume and doing it correctly daily is more than luck.

  16. 16

    Beam me up Scotty……….I'm a Dr. Jim not a Magician!!!!!!!!!

  17. 17

    I would not buy it and dont care. But a lot of people will be interested in the book, maybe not the poetry. The publisher probably made a good deal.

  18. 18

    It feel Hallmarkish for saying this, but he should be one of those "somebodies" that we can look upon as a rolemodel not just for adults, but for our children as well. He seems like a decent guy, who deserves the recognition he is gaining. And the fact that he went and spoke to Congress recently, about needing to fund programs to recruit more intelligent people back into the aviation industry, is admirable.

  19. 19

    Nice to see someone getting famous for being a hot stud who's awesome at his job instead of for being a freak of nature, broke-ass, science experiment who tries to hold their parents, friends, neighbors and the whole state hostage to care for them by having as many 2 pound disabled babies as possible — Nadya.

  20. 20

    And even though he's a hot stud, I don't see him trapsing around with big sunglasses and a latte, pretending he doesn't want to be photographed while laughing into his sleeve. Thanks for being awesome, Captain.

  21. 21

    Go Buddy! he totally deserves it!!

  22. mw says – reply to this


    probably not…but you have to wish him well - he did something so kick ass. not many people can say that…

  23. 23

    I would buy his book only if that silver fox licked my taint and cuddled my little baby balls

  24. 24

    Rather his than yours anyday.
    Good luck to him.

  25. 25

    Hell yeah, I'm going to buy his book! He landed an airplane ON THE RIVER and then went on to be truly humble, articulate, deep and intelligent! I'm in awe of the man.

  26. 26


  27. 27

    Re: brainchild – haaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  28. 28

    I can predict what will happen: Before long this man who seemed modest enough will start acting like a celebrity, i.e. sleeping around, leaving his wife, drinking, the whole kit. It is always wrong to turn people into heroes, they soon become divas. SAD for his family.

  29. 29

    Good for him. It's about time someone with his level of bravery, accomplishment, and intelligence was given a book deal. He's lived a life, and actually has something to write.

  30. 30

    good for him, he deserves it!!
    much better than scandalous people who make money (and usually
    movies) from telling their story
    he a hero and deserves to benefit!!

  31. 31

    he's from my town…he doesn't need the money. believe me, it wont matter if anyone buys his books or not….he is doing jusssttttt fine.

  32. 32

    SPOILER ALERT: The plane lands safely. Everyone Survives.

  33. xxx says – reply to this


    he did a great thing, he seems intelligent, but he was just doing his job, let's give ever doctor, paramedic, police officer, and firefighter who has saved someones life a book deal

  34. 34

    He's a hero, he deserves anything someone wants to give him.

  35. 35

    This guy is a total badass.

  36. Timmy says – reply to this


    Yes I would buy his book. This man has clearly demonstrated that he is the real thing.

  37. 37

    I wouldn't buy it and I think he's milking the shit for all it's worth.

  38. 38

    He didn't "help land" the plane, he landed it. Many commercial airline pilots would not have saved those passengers, he happened to be a former glider pilot who had the skills to land it. So for those of you who say it's "his job" - well, maybe so…but I think he went a slight bit beyond his job description. I'll buy it.

  39. 39

    I won't buy his book, but I will definitely borrow it from the library and read it!

  40. 40

    what he did was amazing, but people shouldn't be pushing it towards the entertainment side of the news. his actions saved many people are were heroic: i don't see the rationale in having his feat mentioned along shitty celebrities. it isn't right.

  41. 41

    Re: Cleopatra – uh, yeah….. I just don't see that happening with this one - but thanks for the positivity!

  42. 42

    He deserves it. The man is a straightup hero.

  43. 43

    The real heros are over seas fighting this stupid war not some guy that was just doing his job… I would hope a pilot would no what to do in an emergenc thats why there the pilot they train for that shit…

  44. 44

    He's not just some over-hyped fame-whore… the man has multiple masters degrees in exactly what saved those people that day. God Bless Him!! He deserves everything that he gets. (I'm flying to Cali in two months. I hope my pilot has learned something from Sully:)

  45. F18 says – reply to this


    The guy is NOT ASKING for publicity - everyone wants to honor a REAL American hero of our era.

    Fuck yeah, I am buying his book. He is my hero and I want to learn from someone like him, not some underachieving lazy loser!

  46. 46

    Mario, to refer to Mr. Sullenberger as "one lucky man" is a little bit disrepectful. The truly lucky ones are the 150-plus people who are alive today because of the guts and skill of him and his co-pilot.

  47. 47

    While I probably wouldnt buy it, I do think its great that he was offered a book deal. Usually I just roll me eyes at people pushing for their 15 minutes of fame but this seems like the real deal.

  48. 48

    Hell yes I would buy it! This man helped save 155 lives so how do you put a price on that? Compared to the Octomom who will probably make the same for turning her uterus into a clown car.

  49. 49

    Hell yeah I would buy it!!! He's a local guy…from Danville CA. That's just 30 minutes from me!!

  50. 50

    Good for him, since he got screwed from the airline industry. He'll need the $$ for his empty retirement fund!

  51. 51

    Definately! This guy deserves all the money he can get from his courageous act!! I would also be interested in hearing about his story.

  52. 52

    I think he deserves every penny. The man is a modern day Hero, how many people do you know put in the situation the he was found in would have had the composure and the mental strenghts to handle the situation the way he did. He should get a book deal, he should be a motivational speaker and talk about what it takes to develop the mindset of a champion. I will buy the book.

  53. 53

    I agree with everyone who calls him a hero!!!! Definitely happy for him. :)

  54. 54

    what do you mean "helped land"? he landed that shit

  55. 55

    THey'd better shake it! By the time they get those things written and published, no one's going to remember who the (*^& he is.

  56. 56

    Here is a trained experienced pilot doing what he can do best thank god it wasn't some Affirmitive Action no*gie that was at the controls?

  57. 57

    one book is enough.

  58. 58

    American Culture at first hand.

  59. 59

    I'll definetely buy his books, i'll buy any book but yours Pig!

  60. 60

    I don't like your tag line on this on - it was his actions and his ability to think quickly and clearly which resulted in saving the lives of everyone on the plane and on the ground (well - water in this case) that made him a hero. Sully is a hero, and for you to belittle that fact is a sad commentary on your value system.

  61. @v@ says – reply to this


    You bet I'd buy it. This ex top gun is one of a very few who could have kept that plane level and landed it on water successfully. His post USAF employment commensuration has been less than he deserves. Hooray for this news. It's great when the good guys win. This has made my day.

  62. @v@ says – reply to this


    Per ardua ad astra, Captain Sullenberger, from an RCAF brat.

  63. 63

    Since he was the captain, I don't think it's quite accurate to say he helped land the plane. The first officer helped the captain land the plane.

  64. 64

    Yes. We will buy Captain Sully's books, not only to satisfy our curiosity, but also as a reminder to the world that he has applied his training to save 155 lives and took the challenge to write two books, which subjects are: memoirs and poems.Captain Sullenberger besides of a hero, he deserves to be nominated Man of the year 2009
    We invite you to be part of the Hudson story at www.ournewamericanhero.com