Sully Sullenberger

American commercial airline pilot
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Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger, III (born January 23, 1951) is an American pilot, diplomat and writer. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization from February 3, 2022 to July 1, 2022. He is known for saving US Airways Flight 1549 that successfully landed in the Hudson River in New York City.

Chesley Sullenberger
Sullenberger in 2022
18th U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization
In office
February 3, 2022 – July 1, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded bySean E. Doocey
Succeeded byCharlie Crist (nominee)
Personal details
Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III

(1951-01-23) January 23, 1951 (age 73)
Denison, Texas, U.S.
Lorrie Sullenberger
(m. 1989)
EducationUnited States Air Force Academy (BS)
Purdue University, West Lafayette (MS)
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley (MPA)
Known forDitching of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River
AwardsTime's 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons (2009)
Master's Medal from the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
Key to the City from New York City
Chris Matthews' Hardball Award
Legion of Honour (Officer)
Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship
Jabara Award
Tony Jannus Award
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1973–1980
Rank Captain

Sullenberger was born on January 23, 1951[1] in Denison, Texas. He is married to Lorraine Sullenberger. He has two daughters.

A movie about Sullenberger's heroic flight, Sully by Clint Eastwood has been released in 2016. Tom Hanks plays Sullenberger.

On June 15, 2021, President Joe Biden announced he would nominate Sullenberger as the U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with the rank of ambassador.[2][3] On December 2, 2021 his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate.[4] He resigned on July 1, 2022.[5]


  1. Texas Department of Health. "Grayson County Births 1951 Denison, Texas". USGenWeb Archives. Retrieved January 16, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. Tyler, Pager (June 15, 2021). "Biden to nominate Tom Nides as ambassador to Israel; Ken Salazar, 'Sully' Sullenberger also get posts". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  3. "President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Nine More Individuals to Serve as Ambassadors". White House Press Office. June 15, 2021.
  4. Content, Syndicated. "U.S. confirms Sullenberger to international aviation post". WTVB | 1590 AM · 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  5. "'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot steps down from international post". CNBC. 2022-06-23. Retrieved 2022-06-27.

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