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Hero pilot named grand marshal of 2010 Rose Parade

Hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has been named grand marshal of the 2010 Rose Parade, officials said today.

Sullenberger gained international fame for successfully landing his passenger plane on the Hudson River in New York City. The Tournament of Roses announced the selection on its Facebook page.

Sullenberger grew up in Denison, Texas, where his father was a dentist and his mother a teacher. He had a distinguished career flying for the military before his more than 40 years in commercial aviation, the last 29 as a captain with US Airways.

He also is a certified glider pilot and has served as a local safety chairman and accident investigator for the Air Line Pilots Assn., International.

Sullenberger's US Airways jet had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport when it hit a flock of geese and lost power in both engines. Sullenberger, judging that the plane could not make it to an airport and could crash into an urban neighborhood, decided to ditch the plane in the Hudson River, deftly bringing it down intact on the water.

After passengers were evacuated, Sullenberger twice walked the sinking plane's watery aisle to make sure no one had been left behind. Once on shore, the consummate professional spoke with police, his navy blue suit barely wrinkled and his tie not even loosened.

—Shelby Grad

Comments () | Archives (10)

OMG! The first deserving person to ever get the job.

What fantastic news! This man is a true hero!

MOST apropos...and TRULY EARNED!

Ok, ok the guy spalshed a plane in the river. Saved some lives. Did what he was trained to do. We got it. We got it months ago. Why not build himself a memorial? Write a book? Go on the speaking circuit? ENOUGH!!!! The 10 minutes are up, Mr. Sullenberger, back to obscurity please.

Can't think of a better selection-a hero to welcome in the New Year!

A true hero!!!! I am so proud of our Rose Parade folks!!!
We need Captain Sully!!!

its a good pick, a real person. people should not be negative on this, shame on them if they are. but i am a little let dwn b/c i was REALLY hoping it was gonna be ken lewis of bank of america.

Awesome. I will definitely watch the parade this year - in person.

This is a great idea!

What a surprise, an appropriate selection...This day and age you would think they would have selected some criminal thug rap artist who would talk about raping all of the women on the floats as they passed him...Maybe this will catch on across America....probably not....


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