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Chesley B. Sullenberger III
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    (January 23, 1951- )
    Born in Dennison, Texas
    US Air Force pilot (1973-80)
    Pilot for US Airways (1980- )
    Founded a safety consulting firm, Safety Reliability Methods (2007)
    After losing power following take off from LaGuardia Airport, made a successful water landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson River (January 15, 2009)
    He is nicknamed 'Sully.'
    His plane was brought down by geese.
    He came within 900 feet of hitting the George Washington Bridge.
    He was called 'the flying stud' by the New York Daily News.
    He received the Air Force Academy's Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award, given to the top flier in each graduating class.
    He helped develop the Cockpit Resource Management training program for airline safety.
    He is licensed as a glider pilot.
    Several commentators noted that he was the right person in the right place.
    All 155 passengers and crew survived the crash landing, with only one serious injury ( a flight attendant who suffered two broken legs).
    He walked through waist-high water in the sinking plane twice to make sure everyone had evacuated before leaving himself.
    Neighbor Joe Green said, 'It's not unusual that he could be a hero because he has been my hero all the time.'

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