Exclusive: behind-the-scenes of Sully

On November 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, only to be struck by birds, losing both engines at a 2,800 feet over one of the most densely populated cities in the western world. Unless you make it a point to actively avoid watching the news, you’ll know what happened next: Captain Chesley Sullenberger, known to his friends, family and colleagues as Sully, executed an unprecedented forced water landing on the Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board.

It was only a matter of time before someone made a film about the “Miracle on the Hudson”, and it makes perfect sense that the story of one American hero should be told by another: Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is a director of the decidedly old-school variety, drawn to stories of bravery and sacrifice, as well as patriotism, and his fifty years of experience are on full show in Sully, which also boasts the talents of Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Anna Gunn. So scroll down for an exclusive gallery of on-set photos to watch the elder statesman of American grit at work—unless you’re about to board a long-haul flight, in which case: wait until you’ve landed.—Thomas Barrie

Sully is in cinemas now; @SullyMovie







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