1549 Pilots At AirVenture

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The pilots every other pilot wants to talk to will be at EAA AirVenture to retell the most celebrated ditching in history. US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and FO Jeff Skiles will be featured guests at Theatre in the Woods on the evening of July 31 and they'll also show up at other venues during the big show. "These two pilots have told their story to the world since the remarkable events of January 15th, but at EAA AirVenture they'll have the opportunity to talk in person with fellow aviators on how their training, planning and airmanship skills were tested," said AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny. "There is perhaps no place better than Oshkosh where an audience would understand the decision-making process that took place in the cockpit that day and learn the lessons from these two pilots' experiences."

Skiles and Sullenberger are both US Airways veterans and Sullenberger has frequently mentioned the value of having two highly experienced pilots up front to arrive at the remarkably successful conclusion of the flight. Skiles is also no stranger to Oshkosh. He's been attending since he was a child and went to the first fly-ins in Rockford, Ill. Both his parents are pilots.