Chesley Sullenberger Biography, Age, Height, Education, Family, Wife, Quotes, Politics ,Networth


Chesley Sullenberger Biography

Chesley Sullenberger is a retired American Air Force fighter pilot and airline captain. He is famously known for role as a pilot in command in the 2009 ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan. This was after both engines were disabled by a bird strike everyone in the plane survived.

Chesley is also a speaker on aviation safety and has developed new protocols for airline safety. He retired from US Airways after 30 years as a commercial pilot on March 3rd, 2010. After he was hired as by CBS as an aviation and safety expert. Chesley is the author of New York Best Seller Highest Duty My Search for What Really Matters which is a memoir of his life and the events surrounding Flight 1549. It was published in 2009 by Harper Collins.

Chesley Sullenberger Age

He was born Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger the third on January 23rd, 1951 in Denison, Texas. Chesley celebrates his birthday on January 23rd of every year. He is 69 years old as of 2020.

Chesley Sullenberger Height | Weight

Chesley is a man of average height and shape. He stands at a height of 1.83 meters. Details concerning Chesley weight have not been disclosed to the public it is still under review we will update once we get more information.

Chesley Sullenberger Education

He received his education from Denison High School where he graduated in 1969. At the age of sixteen, he had learned to fly an Aeronca 7DC from a private airstrip near his home. This was the focal point of him choosing an aviation career for the rest of his life. Chesley later proceeded to get a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. He also got a master’s degree in industrial psychology from Purdue University in 1973. A retired American pilot also got a Master of Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979.

Chesley Sullenberger
Chesley Sullenberger

Chesley Sullenberger Family | Parents And Siblings

Little details are known concerning Chesley’s family. His father was a descendant of Swiss-German immigrants named Sollenberg. His father suffered from depression and took his own life. Chesley only had one sister Mary. She claimed that when growing up Denison built model planes and aircraft carriers during his childhood. He got his interest in flying after seeing jets from an Air Force base near his house.

Chesley Sullenberger Wife | Married And Children

Chesley is married to fitness instructor Lorrie Sullenberger. They have two kids together Kate and Kelly.

Chesley Sullenberger Quotes

“We all have heard about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. …

“Everyone’s reputation is made on a daily basis. …

“He knew the best way to learn responsibility was to be given the opportunity to be responsible and at as young an age as possible.”

Chesley Sullenberger Flight 1549 | Crash Landing

On January 15th, 2009 Chesley was the captain of the US Airways Flight 1549 which was taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Shortly after takeoff the plane struck a flock of Canadian geese and lost power to both engines. Chesley quickly determined that they wouldn’t be able to reach LaGuardia or Teterboro airport. He piloted the plane to a crash landing on the Hudson River. All the 155 passenger s survived and were rescued.

Chesley Sullenberger Politics

Chesley was once approached by the Republican Party to run against Democratic U.S Representative Jerry McNerney of California’s 11tg congressional district in the 2010 elections. However, Chesley did not run for the office. He once called out to Americans to vote for leaders who are committed to values that unite and protect us. In February 2020 he endorsed former U.S Vice President Joe Bidens for the presidency.

Chesley Sullenberger Networth

Chesley has an estimated net worth of 2 million dollars. He got the accumulated wealth from his work as a pilot and sales from his books.

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