Just two minutes after US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, it struck a flock of Canada Geese, immediately damaging both engines. Pilots realized they couldn't make it to an airport in time, and decided to land the plane on the Hudson River, warning passengers to "Brace for impact." Within minutes, the plane was landed smoothly and all 155 people on board were safely evacuated.
F-4 Corsair landing on an aircraft carrier near the Phillippines.The Corsair, known as the “Whistling Death” to the Japanese and the “Bent Wing Widow Maker” to the Marines, was delivered in March 1943 in time to have eight Marine squadrons available for the New Georgia campaign. The Corsair, along with the new F6F Hellcat fighter, dominated the air-to-air battle to sweep the skies of the Japanese. This superiority was enhanced by Army Air Corps aircraft, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning,
Flying alongside the F6F was the Vaught F4U Corsair. The Corsair first flew in 1940 and the Navy was slow to adopt it due to difficulties in carrier operations and negative reviews of Navy pilots. However Marine Corps aviators flying the Corsair had great success and legendary aviators like MAJ Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and VMF-214 the Black Sheep.