Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger to serve as 2010 Grand Marshal

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Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger

Chesley B. Sullenberger (Courtsey Tournament of Roses)

Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Husdon River, will serve as the grand marshal for the 2010 Tournament of Roses festivities.

“Captain Sully saved the lives of 155 people and is an excellent example of the everyday American hero,” said Jeffrey Throop, acting president of the Tournament of Roses.  “With his theme, ‘A Cut Above the Rest,’ President Gary DiSano wanted to honor those who strive to make every effort better than the last. Sullenberger has certainly shown how we can do that and we are honored to have him host the 2010 festivities.”

Sullenberger became an international hero on Jan. 15 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. He and his crew have won international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery.


Written by Michael J. Arvizu

November 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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