April 22, 2009
Patrick Harten, Flight 1549′s calm air traffic controller bested his time at the Boston Marathon while wearing #1549. He has competed in three previous marathons and two triathlons.
2008 (2:58:59) and placed 1087
2009 (2:47:19) and placed 355
That’s one heckuva an improvement. Wonder if he’ll ask for it next year.
There sure were some dedicated talented people involved in that miracle of skill and judgment. Between the six they have ~ 152 years of experience. And to think Sullenberger’s salary had been cut by 40%, Jeff Skiles by 50% (he was a full fledged pilot before cutbacks) and both of their pensions were terminated and replaced by a government-backed PBGC that “will pay pennies on the dollar”.
I hope they have been/will be compensated for all those years.
Interview below is from before the race. He really is quite inspiring.