Michele M

Michele M

Hero: Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

What is a hero?  In my eyes a Hero is someone who has extraordinary accomplishments.  One who has the courage when facing danger, without showing any fear.  Growing up my parents instilled in us the belief of having Heroes.  Someone you can look up to, admire and wish to be like.

I have chosen to write about my hero Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger 111. I am truly amazed with his courage, his willingness to think of others before himself, his braveness.  He landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River and saved the lives of 150 passengers and saved his crew.  Before aborting the aircraft he made certain no one was left behind.

“Sully” as many of us know him had wanted to be a pilot since he was five years old. He grew up in a small Texas town of Denison. Sully was born January 23rd, 1951 his family lived under the flight path of the local Air Force base. He spent days dreaming of the day he would be able to fly. His father was a dentist and his mother was an elementary school teacher. Both his parents encouraged his dreams. His dreams had become reality.  He graduated as an officer in 1973, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. He severed as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1980. In 1980 Sully joined the Pacific Southwest Airways which became US Airways, he was the safety chairman. After only eight years as a commercial pilot, he was promoted to Captain.

Captain Sully’s most meaningful contribution is by far “The Miracle on the Hudson”. On January 15th, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia airport heading to Charlotte, NC. The flight wasn’t any different from any other, just another trip for the Captain. Captain Sully who had 42 years of flying and 20,000 hours in the air, was about to embark on his most memorable flight.  One would say a routine flight, it was the furthest thing from routine.  It was a multiple bird strike that caused the emergency landing. Captain Sully saw birds; a flock of Canadian geese, with a wingspan stretching four to six feet. The birds were sucked into the two engines, forcing the Captain to make an emergency landing. With no airports available, he headed for the Hudson River. Sully steered the engineless plane in for a belly flop into the Hudson. Sully kept in mind by landing in the river no one on land would be injured. The water temperature was 36 degrees; several passengers were wet and extremely cold however everyone was alive.




Sully made is happen with his courage, education, his concern with safety and most importantly his experience as pilot. This is the type of man Sully is; “The facts tell us what to do and how to do it, but it is our humanity which tells us that we must do something and why we must do it”. This is a quote from Sully himself he is a true humanitarian. A very educated man with a love for flying, and the passion of others safety



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