Carolinas Aviation Museum renamed to honor ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ captain

As of Thursday, there’s a brand-new identify for an essential museum of flight: The Carolinas Aviation Museum was formally rebranded because the Sullenberger Aviation Museum.

The brand new title pays homage to Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who — alongside together with his US Airways Flight 1549 flight crew — safely landed a broken plane in New York Metropolis’s Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009.

The aircraft was en path to Charlotte, North Carolina, from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) when it collided with a flock of geese, stopping the engines simply moments after takeoff. All 155 passengers aboard the flight survived.

Rescue crews safe US Airways Flight 1549 floating within the water. CHRIS MCGRATH/GETTY IMAGES

Thursday’s announcement comes three days shy of the 14th anniversary of that aviation occasion that captured and impressed the world.

Sullenberger was current at Renaissance West STEAM Academy in west Charlotte for the renaming announcement. Museum leaders offered updates on the development of the museum’s new facility adjoining to Charlotte Douglas Worldwide Airport (CLT).

“Aviation — one of the transformative industries on the earth — has not traditionally been accessible to our underserved communities, however it’s our hope that as greater than a set of plane, the Sullenberger Aviation Museum will function a car of alternative to encourage and elevate the subsequent era of innovators and future heroes,” Sullenberger mentioned.

“I really feel privileged that my identify might be related to such an awe-inspiring establishment that’s actively working to increase social, cultural and financial mobility in Charlotte and past,” he added.

Ric Elias and honoree Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on stage throughout The Factors Man Awards in 2018. DAVE KOTINSKY/GETTY IMAGES/THE POINTS GUY

The brand new moniker is not the one change for the newly minted Sullenberger Aviation Museum.

“Sullenberger Aviation Museum might be greater than a warehouse of historic plane,” Stephen Saucier, Sullenberger Aviation Museum president, mentioned in the course of the renaming ceremony.

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The Smithsonian affiliate museum will function a useful resource to encourage, educate and join college students who search careers in STEM-based industries, together with aviation.

“Capt. Sullenberger has dedicated his life to inspiring and educating future generations by elevating the surprise of flight and affirming the significance of STEM studying and fairness, all of which mirrors our museum’s mission,” Saucier mentioned.

Projected to open by the top of 2023, the brand new 105,000-square-foot Sullenberger Aviation Museum’s multibuilding campus will present immersive studying experiences together with flight simulators, interactive reveals and interesting STEM teaching programs.

The expansive house will characteristic a customer heart, a primary gallery and an out of doors plaza. Moreover, a historic airplane hangar will maintain dozens of plane and immersive storytelling reveals, in addition to private and non-private occasion areas for added programming.

It is going to proceed to accommodate the everlasting exhibit honoring the captain and crew of Flight 1549; the exhibit options the Airbus A320 used on the flight, which beforehand attracted greater than 74,000 guests to the museum yearly.

Ric Elias, CEO of TPG’s father or mother firm Pink Ventures, is a Flight 1549 survivor. He was available for the renaming ceremony and even launched the captain. Elias personally donated $1 million towards the museum’s reopening; this got here alongside a $500,000 donation from Lonely Planet, one other Pink Ventures model.

“I’m without end indebted to Capt. Sully and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for my second likelihood at life, and, for 13 years, I’ve been decided to discover a strategy to honor them,” Elias mentioned. “Heroes are made lengthy earlier than the day they’re referred to as to motion. This museum will function a permanent tribute to the preparation, braveness and dedication of the captain and all the crew.”

Ric Elias and Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the course of the renaming ceremony. KRISTY TOLLEY/THE POINTS GUY

The Carolinas Aviation Museum was based in 1992 by aviation fanatic and commander of the Carolinas Wing of the Accomplice Air Power Floyd Swinton Wilson and his spouse, Lois. It has been the house of the enduring Flight 1549 plane since 2011.

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