Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is best known for serving as Captain during the “Miracle on the Hudson,” and became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew survived.
Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Captain Sullenberger graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served as a fighter pilot, flight leader and training officer in the United States Air Force. As an airline pilot for over 30 years, he also served as an instructor and accident investigator. He is a speaker to international audiences, an author, and a consultant, applying the many lessons and safety systems developed in aviation to other industries, including patient safety in medicine. He is a tireless advocate for the safety of the traveling public.
Captain Sullenberger wrote The New York Times Best-Seller Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders. He serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and is the founder and CEO of Safety Reliability Methods, a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting.