Sully, Skiles, Bowen to Be Feted This Weekend in San Diego
Sully and Jeff Skiles are set to be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame this weekend in San Diego.
November 14, 2013 - This Saturday evening, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles, and the flight attendant team of US Airways Flight 1549 will be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in San Diego, California. Their heroic actions on January 15, 2009, resulted in a successful ditching into the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both engines of their Airbus A320. All 155 people on board survived that day in what would become known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
Sully and Skiles went on to serve as co-chairs of the EAA Young Eagles program for three years, and Skiles also joined the EAA staff as vice president of communities and member programs.
The Hall's "Distinguished Class of 2013" also includes Paul Bowen, internationally renowned aerial photographer and frequent contributor to EAA publications; Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Project, which set a new altitude record for highest freefall in October 2012; the crew of Apollo 16, which made the fifth lunar landing - the first to land on the lunar highlands; NASA Mission Control (Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin, Glynn Lunney, Milt Windler, and Chris Kraft), who oversaw America's greatest space achievements and facilitated the successful recovery of Apollo 13; Cmdr. Dean "Diz" Laird, only known U.S. Navy ace in World War II to score air-to-air combat victories in the European and Pacific theaters; Robert Crandall, chairman and CEO of American Airlines who revolutionized the air travel industry; the National Business Aviation Association, advocating and defending the interests of business and civil aviation nationally and internationally; and Col. Bud Anderson, U.S. Army Air Corps triple ace in World War II and test pilot.
Proceeds from the evening benefit youth education programs of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.