Sullenberger Aviation Museum Opening Date Set

The Charlotte aviation museum honors former US Airways Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, known for the 2009 ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ landing in New York.

The Sullenberger Aviation Museum is set to open June 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Courtesy: Sullenberger Aviation Museum]

A new aviation museum honoring former US Airways Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, known for the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in New York in 2009, is set to soon open its doors in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Formerly known as the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Sullenberger Aviation Museum is scheduled to open June 1 at 10 a.m. EDT.

"When it opens, Sullenberger Aviation Museum will be one of the world’s leading institutions honoring and exploring the wonder of flight,” the museum said in a statement. “But it’s more than just a collection of historic aircraft. Through its expanded mission, the museum will serve as a vehicle of opportunity to inspire, educate, and elevate the next generation of innovators. "

A primary museum focus, according to its officials, is to provide opportunities for communities traditionally underrepresented in aviation, such as women and people of color.

‘Miracle on the Hudson’

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was en route from New York La Guardia Airport (KLGA) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT) when the aircraft encountered a flock of birds while at low altitude, leading to a dual loss of engine power. Sullenberger, along with copilot Jeff Skiles, put the Airbus 320 down in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 on board.

The aircraft was recovered from the river and later installed in the museum location near KCLT, as many of the passengers on board the aircraft that day were en route to Charlotte.

The museum will feature three thematic areas that focus on innovation, people who have contributed to aviation, as well as the economic and cultural development of Charlotte. Aircraft on display include replicas of the Wright  Flyer and glider planes, a McDonnell F-4S Phantom II, a Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak used to test breaking the sound barrier, a Grumman F-14 Tomcat, an ERCO Ercoupe, an American Champion Citabria, and a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. The A320 from Flight 1549 will also be on exhibit.

“Our reimagined galleries and immersive storytelling encompass much more than a new facility, as we now have the privilege to serve as a convener of opportunity, advancing equity and access to careers in aviation throughout the Carolinas and beyond," said Stephen Saucier, president of the museum. "We look forward to welcoming curious lifelong learners of all ages through our doors in just a few short months.”

Kimberly is managing editor of FLYING Digital.

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