The Carolina Aviation Museum in Charlotte has been renamed after Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, who owned the plane “Miracle on the Hudson.”

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The former Carolina Aviation Museum is moving into a new, larger space, and with it comes a new name.

His name is Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who is famous for landing a plane safely in the Hudson River in 2009. Sullenberger’s quickness when the plane hit the bird made him a hero and the incident became known as “The Plane”. Great on the Hudson.”

The Sullenberger Aviation Museum will reopen in late 2023, with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for September 27.

He was piloting US Airways Flight 1549 from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, where the museum is located. Many of its passengers live in and around Charlotte, and the plane is the museum’s most popular exhibit.

One of the passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 was Rick Elias, CEO of Charlotte-based Red Ventures, which has invested heavily in the museum.

“Flight 1549 changed the course of my life and gave me a second chance,” Elias said in a statement. “The museum is a tribute to the bravery of Captain Sullenberger and the entire flight crew, and I hope it inspires young innovators to change the world.”

The newly redesigned museum includes a new exhibit area focused on advancements in the aviation industry, as well as programs to engage young people in science, technology and math studies.

“I am honored to have my name associated with such an impressive institution that works so actively to expand social, cultural and economic mobility in Charlotte and beyond,” Sullenberger, who retired in 2010, said in a statement. .

He added: “We hope that the Sullenberger Aviation Museum will be more than just a collection of aircraft, but a tool to inspire and elevate the next generation of innovators and future heroes.”

Sully, a biographical film based on Sullenberger’s life and events surrounding the Miracle on the Hudson, was released in 2016. It was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Tom Hanks.

Top: Sullenberger poses in front of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane. Image courtesy of the Sullenberger Aviation Museum.

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