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HERO

1/15/2009 8:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chesley B. Sullenberger III -- the pilot of flight 1549.



Career highlights
-- Flew F-4s for the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1980. Flight Leader and Training Officer with experience in Europe, Pacific and at Nellis AFB, serving as Blue Force Mission Commander in Red Flag Exercises.

Sullenberger spent years as an Air Line Pilots Association Local Air Safety Chairman, national technical committee member and accident investigator -- where he participated in several NTSB investigations of major aircraft accidents.

It only gets more impressive -- check out his unbelievable resume HERE.

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sobelle    

Truly a story to tell your grandchildren... thankfully they'll be able to!

2016 days ago
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Stacy    

This man is a HERO. BRAVO!!

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mrswentz    

How many hours has it been since the crash??? The personal injury lawyers must be so thrilled thay are peeing in their pants!!! Now all the victims who escaped with their lives can go and sue this pilot (and his estate, family, kids, future income, and even his dog, ) Ifor all the pain and suffering he caused them... people are such pricks. They all just won the lottery!!!

2016 days ago
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jm    

Way to go!!!! Hero indeed!!!!

2016 days ago
50.

Bradblowsgeorge    

This man was truly more than the pilot of that aircraft............he was a guardian angel to all the passengers and crew!!!! I have watched the footage, and still have goosebumps....................God Bless him!

2016 days ago
51.

AW    

Great job to the crew! AMAZING! But TMZ, there were TWO pilots flying that airplane, working together and landing it safely.

2016 days ago
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dealANDnodeal    

mrswentz: hear hear

2016 days ago
53.

The Queen City    

GOD BLESS YOU,

YOU TRULY ARE OUR HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charlotte, NC thanks you from the bottom of our HEARTS!

2016 days ago
54.

beachy    

How incredible that this man landed an airliner in a river and EVERYONE survived! He's an amazing pilot! You, sir, are a HERO!!

2016 days ago
55.

MadeinUSA    

Lots of dummies here.

The old fart was near sighted and crashes 100 feet from the runway.
If plane crashed just 50 feet shorter plane would have sank and many would have been dead meat. and fish food.

2016 days ago
56.

Alexa    

Hero!

2016 days ago
57.

RITE ING KLAS    

GOD BLESS YOU, SIR!!!!!!

TMZ: You FINALLY put something worthwhile on here, thank you.

2016 days ago
58.

ya right    

For he is a Jolly Good Fellow-for he is a jolly good fellow.................................which nobody can deny.


p.s. MadeintheUSA---------get your facts straight before you post.

2016 days ago
59.

J    

My daughter is flying cross country on Monday and she wants you to be the pilot! You are my hero!

2016 days ago
60.

Miloyambag    

Nice to see TMZ took some time out of its day from making fun of overweight celebs, or giving publicity to wannabe celebs to acknowledge someone who actually did something meaningful and important.

2016 days ago
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