Carolinas Aviation Museum to be renamed in honor of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger | News

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, January 16, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Ahead of the 13th anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight tomorrow, the Carolinas Aviation Museum (CAM) announces that it will be renamed in honor of Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, who, with the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, heroically landed the plane in the Hudson River and saved all lives on board. The Museum will officially announce its new official name later this year.

When it reopens in 2023, the Smithsonian branch will also house a permanent exhibit honoring the captain and crew of the flight, including the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane, which previously drew more than 74,000 visitors to the museum each year. .

“I am forever indebted to Captain Sully and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for my second chance at life, and for 13 years I have been determined to find a way to honor them,” the CEO said. Red Ventures and crash survivor. Eric Elias, who personally donated $1 million towards the reopening of the Museum, alongside a $500,000 gift from Lonely Planet, a brand of Red Ventures. “Heroes are created long before the day they are called into action. This museum will serve as a lasting tribute to the preparation, courage and dedication of the Captain and all of the crew.”

This donation brings CAM’s launch campaign funding to more than $11 million, almost halfway to its goal of $25 million.

The renamed and revamped museum will feature a new main gallery, visitor center, plaza and newly restored historic hangar, as well as dozens of interactive aircraft and cockpits, flight simulators and historical artifacts that chronicle the connection indelible image of our region with the marvels of flight and aeronautical innovation. The Museum will also highlight STEM/aviation and aerospace programming that connects students to the explosion of STEM career opportunities. The new concept was developed by Freeman Ryan Design, one of the world’s foremost authorities on creating compelling exhibits, museums and visitor experiences, and will be located on the site of the historic WPA/Douglas Hangar in Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“We are thrilled to honor Captain Sully and the heroic crew of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ and to cement our city’s place in aviation history,” said the chairman of the board. of the museum. Mark Oke. “With the support of the city of Charlotte, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and generous private donors, we look forward to making the Museum the new premier aviation destination in the South. »

About the Carolinas Aviation Museum

The Carolinas Aviation Museum – which will be renamed later this year in honor of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger – is Charlotte’s most uplifting destination, a place where visitors can be inspired by the everyday heroism of flight, learn about the science of aviation and its importance to our region, and experience the living history of flight through a large variety of artifacts and aircraft. Carolinas Aviation Museum is a recipient of support from the Infusion Fund, a partnership between the City of Charlotte, Foundation For The Carolinas, and generous donors to support the arts and culture sector. For more information, visit

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