'Sully' to be presented with Spreading Wings award

Wings Over the Rockies to honor Sullenberger for 10th anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson

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Posted 10/31/19

Wings Over the Rockies will honor Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger as its 2019 Spreading Wings award recipient. Sullenberger became internationally known on Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely …

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'Sully' to be presented with Spreading Wings award

Wings Over the Rockies to honor Sullenberger for 10th anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson

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Wings Over the Rockies will honor Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger as its 2019 Spreading Wings award recipient.

Sullenberger became internationally known on Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City's frigid Hudson River.

The Airbus A320's two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike.

Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME's “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

“Captain Sullenberger is the pinnacle of aviation excellence,” Wings Over the Rockies President and CEO Maj. Gen. John Barry, USAF (Ret), said in a news release. “His exceptional acts during Flight 1549, his leadership in transportation safety and a lifelong passion for flight are the cornerstones of aviation merit and we are thrilled to be honoring him with our annual award.”

The Spreading Wings Gala is planned for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver. The evening will feature a special presentation by Sullenberger, food and drinks, as well as a celebration of Wings Over the Rockies' contributions to Colorado's aerospace community.

“Wings Over the Rockies is an important part of shaping and encouraging the future aviators of our country,” Sullenberger said in the release. “It is an honor to accept this award and support an organization so committed to educating and inspiring the next generation.”

For information or to purchase tickets, go to WingsMuseum.org/Gala.

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