7 things you definitely don't know about Captain Sully
1. He originally met
This was way before Sully the movie (in theaters Friday), just a few weeks after the incident. "I asked him, 'How are you handling all of this (attention)?' " says Hanks, who plays Sullenberger. "And (he) said, 'It’s a little bit surreal, but enjoyable to a certain degree.' That’s a pretty good description of celebrity."
2. But Sully got the best advice on fame from
The two met at an aviation benefit. Ford's advice? "Wherever you go, walk purposefully, like you’re on a mission to get there."
3. He’s made peace with being called a national hero
"I’ve gotten over it," he says with a smile. "I made an intellectual compromise. I decided I wouldn’t accept (that title) and take it on as my own mantle, but I would accept graciously their gift of gratitude."
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4. He actually got his luggage back
The famed pilot's luggage was retrieved from the partially submerged plane, which was dragged out from the Hudson and is now on display at the
Carolinas Aviation Museumin Charlotte. "The karmic version of this story is that the only people who didn't get their belongings back were the ones who tried to take it out in the river with them, and other passengers said, 'Throw that away!' " Sullenberger says.
"The airline hired a reclamation company to get our stuff (and) dry it out," he says. "To keep the stuff from getting funky, they put dryer sheets in everything, so when you open this box, it’s all pristine. My phone charger still worked."