Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the retired pilot known for the “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009, teamed up with the anti-Trump Republican group The Lincoln Project for a new ad ahead of the presidential debate Tuesday night.
The $200,000 ad buy is co-sponsored by VoteVets and will run on national cable Tuesday, leading up to the debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that evening, according to a press release.
“Leadership is not just about sitting in a pilot’s seat. It’s about knowing what you’re doing, and taking responsibility for it,” Sully says in the ad. “Being prepared, ready and able to handle anything that might come your way. I’ve been flying over this country for fifty-three years. Fifty-three years of flights you’ve never heard about, and one that you’ve heard everything about.”
Sullenberger is known for safely landing US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York in 2009. All 155 people on board the flight survived.
The ad also underscores both Sullenberger and his father’s history in the armed forces, from his father’s time as a Naval officer in World War II to his own experience as an Air Force officer and a fighter pilot.
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