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Captain Brian Udell J.

Pilot

Southwest Airlines Co.

HQ Phone: (214) 792-4000

Southwest Airlines Co.

2702 Love Field Dr.

Dallas, Texas 75235

United States

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Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest) is a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. As of December 31, 2007, the Company operated 520 Boeing 737 aircraft and provided service to 64 cities in 32 states throughout the ... more

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Web doings: Check out the CO-OPA website if you have missed the recent newsletters: http://co-opa.rellim.com Regards, Gary SUPERSONIC SURVIVOR: By T. Karr, President Carolina Aero Club Hanging in the straps of his parachute and feeling the cold night air on his face, Brian Udell felt as if a freight train had collided with his body. As he struggled to inflate his life preserver before plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, he realized it had shredded with the force of the supersonic windblast. With his teeth and one functioning arm, Brian feverishly retrieved a one-man life raft that hung from a fifteen-foot lanyard off his right hip only seconds before entering the water. After popping back to the surface like a bobber on a fishing line, the salt water made him painfully aware of the open wounds, cuts, and scrapes that were strewn over his broken body. The thought of blood pouring into the water inviting sharks for a late night meal motivated him to attempt to get into the partially inflated raft. As he kicked his legs, Brian's lower limbs felt as though only a thread attached them. Exhausted and unable to enter the raft, thoughts of death quickly consumed his mind. Knowing he would be unable to survive the night under the extreme conditions, Brian began to pray. The next several hours of survival and the many months of excruciating rehabilitation make an almost unbelievable story. Brian holds the record for surviving the highest speed ejection from a U.S. Fighter Aircraft at nearly 800 MPH. He survived four grueling hours 65 miles off the Atlantic Coast in 60-degree water, 5-foot seas, and 15 MPH winds at night. Brian's determination, perseverance, faith, and sheer will to survive is unparalleled. His story of survival, recovery, and return to the Strike Eagle is an inspiration to everyone. Brian is a very accomplished aviator. He began flying at age nine and took his first cross-country flight at age ten. Since that time he has accumulated over 4000 hours in a variety of both civil and military aircraft. He was one of only sixty candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Brian graduated number one in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command - Commanders Cup Trophy. Brian was one of the first Lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. He graduated from Strike Eagle training and received the top academic award. Brian went on to his operational unit where he became an Instructor, Mission Commander, and Air to Ground Top Gun winner. He has flown over 100 combat missions in Southwest Asia and logged nearly 2000 hours in the Strike Eagle. Brian received four Air Medals and three Aerial Achievement Medals for combat missions over the skies of Iraq. Brian's military career spanned ten years. Brian left the Air Force in 1999 and he is currently a pilot with Southwest Airlines. "Brian Udell kept us spellbound for 45 minutes.


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Captain Brian Udell Supersonic Survivor | Captain Brian Udell, Supersonic Survivor

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Captain Brian Udell Supersonic Survivor | Captain Brian Udell, Supersonic Survivor
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Brian Udell
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Hanging in the straps of his parachute and feeling the cold night air on his face, Brian Udell felt as if a freight train had collided with his body. As he struggled to inflate his life preserver before plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, he realized it had shredded with the force of the supersonic windblast. With his teeth and one functioning arm, Brian feverishly retrieved a one-man life raft that hung from a fifteen-foot lanyard off his right hip only seconds before entering the water. After popping back to the surface like a bobber on fishing line, the salt water made him painfully aware of the open wounds, cuts, and scrapes that were strewn over his broken body. The thought of blood pouring into the water inviting sharks for a late night meal motivated him to attempt to get into the partially inflated raft. As he kicked his legs, Brian's lower limbs felt as though only a thread attached them. Exhausted and unable to enter the raft thoughts of death quickly consumed his mind. Knowing he would be unable to survive the night under the extreme conditions, Brian began to pray. The next several hours of survival and the many months of excruciating rehabilitation deliver an almost unbelievable story. Brian holds the record for surviving the highest speed ejection from a U.S. Fighter Aircraft at nearly 800 M.P.H. He survived four grueling hours 65 miles off the Atlantic Coast in 60-degree water, 5-foot seas, and 15 M.P.H. winds at night. Brian's determination, perseverance, faith, and shear will to survive is unparalleled. His story of survival, recovery, and return to the Strike Eagle is an inspiration to everyone.
Speaker Biography
Brian is a very accomplished aviator. He began flying at age nine and took his first cross-country flight at age ten. Since that time he has accumulated over 9000 hours in a variety of both civil and military aircraft. He was one of only sixty candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Brian graduated number one in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command - Commanders Cup Trophy. Brian was one of the first Lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. He graduated from Strike Eagle training and received the top academic award. Brian went on to his operational unit where he became an Instructor, Mission Commander, and Air to Ground Top Gun winner. He has flown over 100 combat missions in Southwest Asia and logged nearly 2000 hours in the Strike Eagle. Brian received four Air Medals and three Aerial Achievement Medals for combat missions over the skies of Iraq. Brian's military career spanned ten years. Brian left the Air Force in 1999 and he is currently a pilot with Southwest Airlines and a speaker with The Aviation Speakers Bureau.
Hanging in the straps of his parachute and feeling the cold night air on his face, Brian Udell felt as if a freight train had collided with his body. As he struggled to inflate his life preserver before plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, he realized it had shredded with the force of the supersonic windblast. With his teeth and one functioning arm, Brian feverishly retrieved a one-man life raft that hung from a fifteen-foot lanyard off his right hip only seconds before entering the water. After popping back to the surface like a bobber on fishing line, the salt water made him painfully aware of the open wounds, cuts, and scrapes that were strewn over his broken body. The thought of blood pouring into the water inviting sharks for a late night meal motivated him to attempt to get into the partially inflated raft. As he kicked his legs, Brian's lower limbs felt as though only a thread attached them. Exhausted and unable to enter the raft thoughts of death quickly consumed his mind. Knowing he would be unable to survive the night under the extreme conditions, Brian began to pray. The next several hours of survival and the many months of excruciating rehabilitation deliver an almost unbelievable story. Brian holds the record for surviving the highest speed ejection from a U.S. Fighter Aircraft at nearly 800 M.P.H. He survived four grueling hours 65 miles off the Atlantic Coast in 60-degree water, 5-foot seas, and 15 M.P.H. winds at night.
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Audiences love Brian Udell.
Brian's determination, perseverance, faith, and sheer will to survive is unparalleled. This might be one of the most inspirational talks you will ever hear. His message is of safety, importance of training, practice, teamwork, communication and never giving up.
Brian does an excellent job of customizing this program for every group. Each talk produces future bookings from the audience—this says it all. A university had him return 18 months later to do the same talk again. His message is that powerful.
Though the room is hushed when Brian speaks, they burst out laughing often because of his wonderful sense of humor. Lost at sea—surely to die, grossly mangled—in terrible pain, Brian cracks jokes on himself. Though Brian is one of aviation's crème la crème, he is humble and down to earth.
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"Brian did a fabulous job for us, as I knew he would. We thank him for re-living a tough life experience with us; he is a true pro. He did a super job, as evidenced by the fan approval following his talk." D. Gates, South Dakota Bankers Assn.
"Brian Udell is a true gentleman and an inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity. His presentation is sincere , passionate and a highly charged emotional experience for anyone who has the privilege of sharing it with him. He shared his story on a very sincere and personal level as he re-lived his most grievous experiences and loss of a good friend. His sense of humour is incredible considering the story he is telling. Brian is not a fame seeking public speaker, he is however an exceptional speaker who fate has selected to deliver a message that we should all hear at least once in a life time. For the record - he received three standing ovations and then spent another hour or so one to one with various members of our group. An exceptional individual, worth the price, the time and the wait -- without question. Should anyone ask for a personal reference or report on Brian, I would be more than happy for you to give them my contact information."
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"Brian Udell was the perfect fit for our opening keynote address for our annual convention and the audience gave him a standing ovation.
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"Brian Udell kept us spellbound for 45 minutes.
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"I've conducted radio interviews for many years and Brian Udell was one of the very best guests I have ever had on my radio program.
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"Brian was fantastic and according to our client, 'The best speaker we've ever had.' Thank you so much for recommending him because he truly made the events a success."
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Udell's (3) presentations were outstanding and real crowd pleasers!
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I know Brian will be the talk of Montana for many years to come.
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"Wow Diane - you certainly weren't exaggerating about Brian Udell - I'm still thinking about him and his story and each time I do it brings tears to my eyes. What an amazing story - amazing man!!
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Brian will be the talk of "Montana" for many years to come. A real class act."
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"Brian was fabulous.
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Ejected from a fighter plane into the cold Atlantic Ocean at night, his body broken, fighting 5-foot seas and 17-mph winds, and exhausted trying to climb into a life raft, U.S. Air Force Capt. Brian Udell's thoughts turned to his pregnant wife and death.
"If I don't get into this raft I will not see the light of the next day," Udell told a rapt audience Wednesday afternoon in Centennial Hall at the Pillars of America Freedom lecture series, hosted by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.
Udell was on a night training mission in April 1995 over the Atlantic when he had to eject from his F-15E. Four fighters from Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina had paired off to simulate an engagement.
As Udell, in a plane also carrying weapons system officer Capt. Dennis White, turned the F-15E in an arc, an electronic indicator showed the plane was plunging to Earth at nearly 800 mph.
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Udell and White ejected when the plane was less than 6,000 feet from the ocean.
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"The force of the wind at 800 mph is so great it's like being hit by a freight train," Udell said.

Captain Brian ...

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Captain Brian Udell

Brian is a very accomplished aviator. He began flying at age nine and took his first cross-country flight at age ten. Since that time he has accumulated over 9000 hours in a variety of both civil and military aircraft. He was one of only sixty candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Brian graduated number one in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command - Commanders Cup Trophy. Brian was one of the first Lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. He graduated from Strike Eagle training and received the top academic award. Brian went on to his operational unit where he became an Instructor, Mission Commander, and Air to Ground Top Gun winner. He has flown over 100 combat missions in Southwest Asia and logged nearly 2000 hours in the Strike Eagle. Brian received four Air Medals and three Aerial Achievement Medals for combat missions over the skies of Iraq. Brian's military career spanned ten years. Brian left the Air Force in 1999 and he is currently a pilot with Southwest Airlines.
Hanging in the straps of his parachute and feeling the cold night air on his face, Brian Udell felt as if a freight train had collided with his body. As he struggled to inflate his life preserver before plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, he realized it had shredded with the force of the supersonic windblast. With his teeth and one functioning arm, Brian feverishly retrieved a one-man life raft that hung from a fifteen-foot lanyard off his right hip only seconds before entering the water. After popping back to the surface like a bobber on fishing line, the salt water made him painfully aware of the open wounds, cuts, and scrapes that were strewn over his broken body. The thought of blood pouring into the water inviting sharks for a late night meal motivated him to attempt to get into the partially inflated raft. As he kicked his legs, Brian's lower limbs felt as though only a thread attached them. Exhausted and unable to enter the raft thoughts of death quickly consumed his mind. Knowing he would be unable to survive the night under the extreme conditions, Brian began to pray. The next several hours of survival and the many months of excruciating rehabilitation deliver an almost unbelievable story. Brian holds the record for surviving the highest speed ejection from a U.S. Fighter Aircraft at nearly 800 M.P.H. He survived four grueling hours 65 miles off the Atlantic Coast in 60-degree water, 5-foot seas, and 15 M.P.H. winds at night.


It is not my story, but ...

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It is not my story, but one of Air Force Captain Brian Udell, or "Noodle" as his friends call him. It is a story of "Desire," "Determination" and "Discipline"-one of facing and overcoming extreme obstacles.

Brian began flying at age 9 and took his first cross-country flight at 10. He was one of only 60 candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Brian graduated No. 1 in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command-Commanders Cup Trophy. He was one of the first lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle.
During his career, Brian has accumulated over 9,000 hours in a variety of both civilian and military aircraft, including missions in Southeast Asia and Iraq. So, one might conclude that Brian Udell is a well-trained, excellent pilot.
On February 21, 1995, Captain Udell was conducting a routine training flight about 65 miles off the North Carolina coast over the Atlantic Ocean. Partway through the flight, while making a banking maneuver, something happened to the computer system that caused the plane to lose altitude rapidly and accelerate at the same time. The plane descended from approximately 30,000 feet to 1,500 feet in a matter of a few seconds. It also accelerated from 400 mph to 800 mph. After trying to regain control of the aircraft, the only option left was to eject, so that is what Brian and his co-pilot did-the co-pilot at approximately 10,000 feet and Brian at around 1,500 feet. Tragically, his partner did not survive.
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Brian was able to inflate a small rubber life raft during the descent into the 60° water of the ocean using his one good arm with three operating fingers. He hit the water, submerged 10 feet under and the raft pulled him to the surface. His life vest was also torn to shreds during the ejection. Five-foot seas and 15 mph winds faced him once reaching the surface.
Bobbing in the ocean, he now had to figure out how to hoist his badly-damaged body onto the raft or face possibly being a meal for a shark. Following several attempts, he finally turned to his faith in God and prayer. When he was down to only enough strength for one more attempt, miraculously he made it onto the raft.
Most of the survival equipment either did not survive the ejection and was lost or was nonfunctional. After nearly four grueling hours in the cold Atlantic, he heard the sound of a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a helicopter. He could not operate the flares since it required two hands and he only had the use of one. A small radio was his last hope, but it did not appear to be working at first. Again, with one final attempt and through sheer faith and determination, the message was acknowledged. Brian then had to guide the rescuers in near his position, but not too close with the helicopter or it would toss him from the raft and he would ultimately drown.
Once rescued it was off to a hospital. No drugs or pain killers could be administered for hours after his arrival since they needed to know where he was experiencing pain as the medical team attempted to reset legs, arms and generally reconstruct his body parts.
Several weeks and several operations later, doctors told Brian that he would never be able to walk normally and that he would never be a pilot again. But this is just one more indication of how strong his will was to not only survive but also to return to a normal functioning life. Within two months after the titanium rods were removed from his legs, Brian was walking again. And, after another four months, he climbed into an F-15E and took off down the runway.
Today, Brian Udell is a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He is a shining example of someone who kept his cool during extreme circumstances. He had the Desire to survive, the Determination to return to a normal life and the Discipline, coupled with his faith, to use his training and skills in a way that allowed him to meet his ultimate goal of survival, by staying focused and breaking the big goal down into manageable pieces and applying his wisdom and knowledge to the task at hand. Part of his unrelenting willpower and courage also had a lot to do with his wife being four months pregnant with their first child!
What can we all learn from Brian and his horrific experience? It is not the situation we find ourselves in that determines the outcome, but how we handle that situation. If faced with what seems to be an insurmountable challenge, we are best served by staying focused on what is most important at that time... and never giving up.
Finally, although I'm sure there are other lessons to garner, the one that was most poignant for me. If I am having a so-called "bad day," I will think of Brian Udell, the only person to survive the highest speed ejection from a U.S. fighter aircraft to put it all in better perspective... And That's The Way I See It!
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I find Captain Brian Udell to be a courageous person. I am sure there wasn't much time to think. I believe the changing moment was when he turned to God and prayer.


It is not my story, but ...

www.naeda.com [cached]

It is not my story, but one of Air Force Captain Brian Udell, or "Noodle" as his friends call him. It is a story of "Desire," "Determination" and "Discipline"-one of facing and overcoming extreme obstacles.

Brian began flying at age 9 and took his first cross-country flight at 10. He was one of only 60 candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Brian graduated No. 1 in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command-Commanders Cup Trophy. He was one of the first lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle.
During his career, Brian has accumulated over 9,000 hours in a variety of both civilian and military aircraft, including missions in Southeast Asia and Iraq. So, one might conclude that Brian Udell is a well-trained, excellent pilot.
On February 21, 1995, Captain Udell was conducting a routine training flight about 65 miles off the North Carolina coast over the Atlantic Ocean. Partway through the flight, while making a banking maneuver, something happened to the computer system that caused the plane to lose altitude rapidly and accelerate at the same time. The plane descended from approximately 30,000 feet to 1,500 feet in a matter of a few seconds. It also accelerated from 400 mph to 800 mph. After trying to regain control of the aircraft, the only option left was to eject, so that is what Brian and his co-pilot did-the co-pilot at approximately 10,000 feet and Brian at around 1,500 feet. Tragically, his partner did not survive.
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Brian was able to inflate a small rubber life raft during the descent into the 60° water of the ocean using his one good arm with three operating fingers. He hit the water, submerged 10 feet under and the raft pulled him to the surface. His life vest was also torn to shreds during the ejection. Five-foot seas and 15 mph winds faced him once reaching the surface.
Bobbing in the ocean, he now had to figure out how to hoist his badly-damaged body onto the raft or face possibly being a meal for a shark. Following several attempts, he finally turned to his faith in God and prayer. When he was down to only enough strength for one more attempt, miraculously he made it onto the raft.
Most of the survival equipment either did not survive the ejection and was lost or was nonfunctional. After nearly four grueling hours in the cold Atlantic, he heard the sound of a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a helicopter. He could not operate the flares since it required two hands and he only had the use of one. A small radio was his last hope, but it did not appear to be working at first. Again, with one final attempt and through sheer faith and determination, the message was acknowledged. Brian then had to guide the rescuers in near his position, but not too close with the helicopter or it would toss him from the raft and he would ultimately drown.
Once rescued it was off to a hospital. No drugs or pain killers could be administered for hours after his arrival since they needed to know where he was experiencing pain as the medical team attempted to reset legs, arms and generally reconstruct his body parts.
Several weeks and several operations later, doctors told Brian that he would never be able to walk normally and that he would never be a pilot again. But this is just one more indication of how strong his will was to not only survive but also to return to a normal functioning life. Within two months after the titanium rods were removed from his legs, Brian was walking again. And, after another four months, he climbed into an F-15E and took off down the runway.
Today, Brian Udell is a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He is a shining example of someone who kept his cool during extreme circumstances. He had the Desire to survive, the Determination to return to a normal life and the Discipline, coupled with his faith, to use his training and skills in a way that allowed him to meet his ultimate goal of survival, by staying focused and breaking the big goal down into manageable pieces and applying his wisdom and knowledge to the task at hand. Part of his unrelenting willpower and courage also had a lot to do with his wife being four months pregnant with their first child!
What can we all learn from Brian and his horrific experience? It is not the situation we find ourselves in that determines the outcome, but how we handle that situation. If faced with what seems to be an insurmountable challenge, we are best served by staying focused on what is most important at that time... and never giving up.
Finally, although I'm sure there are other lessons to garner, the one that was most poignant for me. If I am having a so-called "bad day," I will think of Brian Udell, the only person to survive the highest speed ejection from a U.S. fighter aircraft to put it all in better perspective... And That's The Way I See It!

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