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A Hero’s Voice

He was born Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, on January 23, 1951.  His nickname, “Sully”, became known around the world as he glided disabled US Air flight 1549 safely onto New York’s Hudson River.  The plane’s engines had been disabled by a bird strike.  All 155 passengers survived that landing on January 15, 2009; Captain Sullenberger was last to leave the sinking Airbus A320.  Passengers and crew would later speak of his calm and composure in the midst of the crisis.  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg nicknamed him “Captain Cool”.

It is unlikely you’ll hear Sully’s voice over a passenger cabin intercom now, announcing the weather in your destination city.  But since that 2009 Hudson River landing, Sully finds himself speaking internationally on airline safety, among a host of demands for his calming and expert voice.

Voice of Authority 

How could Captain Sullenberger have known how his life would change, as he left for work that January morning?  Thought to be shy and retiring, his is now a voice with global reach.  A good natured quip about his “pilot’s style” brought his comeback, “Is my voice authoritative enough to convince you to turn off your portable electronic device?”

In addition to owning a now sought after voice, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is the author of two books, Highest Duty, and Making a Difference, Stories of Vision and Courage From America’s Leaders”.

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