February 23, 2010
- Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger to speak at The Museum of
Flight. As pilot in command of the US Airways Flight 1549 that was
dubbed the "Miracle on the
On that day,
shortly after taking off, Sullenberger reported to air traffic control
that the plane had hit a large flock of birds, disabling both engines.
After discussing his options with air traffic control and determining
that he could neither return to
Telling the passengers to "brace for impact," he piloted the plane to a smooth ditching in the river, where all passengers and crew members were rescued. The last to leave the aircraft, Sullenberger checked the passenger cabin twice to make sure everyone had evacuated before retrieving the plane's maintenance logbook.
A pilot for US Airways and its predecessor, Pacific Southwest Airlines, since 1980, Sullenberger has more than 40 years and 27,000 hours of flying experience, and has run his own safety consulting business since 2007. He has served as an instructor, Air Line Pilots Association safety chairman, accident investigator, and national technical committee member.
A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Sullenberger served as a
fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying F-4 Phantom IIs. Attaining
the rank of captain, he was a member of the official aircraft accident
investigation board. Sullenberger
was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons by Time
magazine, and received the Master's Medal from the Guild of Air Pilots
and Air Navigators, the Jabara Award for Airmanship from the
Over 30 aircraft
representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the
all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a
look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the
New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first
jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype
Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide
educational and entertaining activities for young children.
aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West
Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's
on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive
museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country.
The Museum is the only air and space museum in
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