Sullenberger, Chesley

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Chesley Sullenberger
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Sullenberger, Chesley Gender: M
born on 23 January 1951 at 05:06 (= 05:06 AM )
Place Denison TX, USA, 33n45, 96w32
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 02°38' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°38 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 25°33'


American commercial airline pilot who became celebrated when he landed his USAirways jet bearing 155 passengers and crew in the Hudson River in New York City with no casualties and very few injuries.

On January 15, 2009 the flight took off from LaGuardia Airport in NY at around 3:25 PM heading for Charlotte, NC. A few minutes later, flocks of birds were sucked into the engines which shut down. Although the pilot and co-pilot along with air traffic control thought he could land in nearby Teterboro Airport in NJ, "Sully" as he is known, determined quickly that he wouldn't make it and aimed for the Hudson River. With great skill and drawing on his extensive training, he landed on the Hudson River at about 3:31 PM on January 15, 2009, a frigid afternoon. Thanks to his skillful handling of the jet, the plane did not break apart or burst into flames, and passengers were able to disembark quickly via the emergency chutes and wing doors. Ferries in the area were able to rescue all passengers and crew. Sully was especially noted for the fact that he made two trips down the aisles of the plane after the emergency landing to ensure that all passengers had evacuated. His quick thinking and heroic efforts averted any serious injury to passengers, crew and no injury at all to anyone living or working in the vicinity.

The son of a dentist and a teacher, he became fascinated with aircraft at an early age and earned his pilot's license as a young teen. In 1973 he earned his bachelor's degree from the Air Force Academy, graduating with a major in psychology. After serving in the Air Force for seven years as a fighter pilot who had attained the rank of captain, he turned to the commercial airlines. In the meantime he had earned two master's degrees, the first from Purdue University in 1973 in industrial psychology and the second in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979. In 1980 he joined US Airways. In additon he has worked as a flight instructor, safety expert, and accident investigator, investigating accidents for the National Transportation Safety Board and developing safety protocols. In 2007 he established his own safety-consulting firm.

He and his wife have two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Great Achievement 31 January 2009 at 3:31 PM in New York, NY (Successful emergency water landing)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Joined group 1973 (Air Force)
  • Work : New Job 1980 (US Airways)
  • Social : Left group 1980 (Air Force)

Source Notes

Pam Young quotes birth certificate time given by phone. She wrote in the NCGR commentary of January 24, 2009: "Well, I guess something good has come of me being stuck at home sidelined by the flu. Today, as I'm feeling a bit better than yesterday, I decided to make the most of this unexpected time on my hands and see if I could find Chesley Sullenberger's birth time. Wasn't expecting much, as the website for his birthplace, Denison, Texas, said that birth records are only available to blood relatives, and they have to show I.D.

Figuring I had nothing to lose, however, I called the number given and said, "I'm calling from Canada; it's about Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson River". "Yes," said the clerk, sounding bored and rather impatient. "Well, he was born in Denison, and I have his birth date, but I'm wondering if it would be possible to find out the time he was born. I'm an astrologer and I'm trying to calculate his birth chart, but I need the exact time to be able to do so. So I just wondered if there's any chance..." I trailed off, figuring she'd say "No!" But all she said was, "What was the date?" to which I quickly replied, "January 23, 1951", and she said, "Just a moment."

It took more than a moment; it was at least three minutes, but she came back and said, "What was the first name again?" I said, "Chesley", and she said, "Okay, yes, here it is: 5:06 a.m." I repeated slowly, "Five oh six a.m. ?" and she said yes. I said, "Thank you SO much; you have no idea what a help this is! Thanks a million!" She was chuckling, and we said good-bye and hung up.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages
  • Notable : Famous : 15 minutes of fame
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Vocation : Military : Military service