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Chesley Sullenberger

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Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III (born January 23, 1951) is a retired American fighter pilot, diplomat, and airline pilot best known for his actions as captain of US Airways Flight 1549 that he ditched in the Hudson River in 2009 after both engines were disabled by a bird strike. All 155 people aboard survived. Sullenberger became an outspoken advocate for aviation safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chesley Sullenberger has received more than 11,154,468 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Chesley Sullenberger is the 11th most popular pilot, the 1,171st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,162nd in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Pilot.

Chesley Sullenberger is most famous for being the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 that was forced to land in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

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Among pilots, Chesley Sullenberger ranks 11 out of 48Before him are Roland Garros, Adolf Galland, Hanna Reitsch, Ernst Udet, Francis Gary Powers, and Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet. After him are Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Chuck Yeager, and Valery Chkalov.

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Among people born in 1951, Chesley Sullenberger ranks 37Before him are Chris Rea, David Coverdale, Jill Biden, Kenny Dalglish, Jaco Pastorius, and Blaise Compaoré. After him are Bertie Ahern, Salva Kiir Mayardit, Kevin Keegan, Queen Noor of Jordan, Mark Harmon, and Rob Halford.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Chesley Sullenberger ranks 1,171 out of 18,182Before him are Don King (1931), Bill Pullman (1953), Val Kilmer (1959), Lee Iacocca (1924), Scarlett Johansson (1984), and Stan Smith (1946). After him are Hunter S. Thompson (1937), George Davis Snell (1903), Phil Hill (1927), Robert Noyce (1927), John Cena (1977), and Dirk Benedict (1945).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Chesley Sullenberger ranks 4Before him are Charles Lindbergh (1902), Amelia Earhart (1897), and Francis Gary Powers (1929). After him are Chuck Yeager (1923), Joseph Kittinger (1928), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Bessie Coleman (1892), Jacqueline Cochran (1906), Wally Funk (1939), Jerrie Cobb (1931), and Cornelia Fort (1919).

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