First Look! Tom Hanks Becomes Hero Pilot Sully in Clint Eastwood Thriller
NEW CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE: In Tom Hanks’ latest film, he suits up as Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger — the U.S. Airways pilot who made a heroic emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. And the two-time Oscar winner embraced the role in every way, costar Aaron Eckhart, who plays copilot Jeffrey Skiles, says in an exclusive
Miracle pilot Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger climbed back in his beloved captain's chair on Thursday, reuniting with First Officer Jeff Skiles for the first time since their extraordinary Hudson splashdown.
U.S. Airways pilot and Purdue alumnus Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. This portrait was taken when Sullenberger made a return visit to campus this fall. The shoot was unplanned, but thanks to the help of my coworkers and the graciousness of Sullenberger, he was willing to sit for 60 seconds so I could make his portrait. I walked away with 12 frames from the shoot but was pleased with the result. (Purdue University/Andrew Hancock)
Passengers wait on the wings of the plane for a ferry to pluck them out of the water after U.S. Airways Flight 1549 miraculously landed safely into the Hudson River by Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, saving 155 people on board on Jan. 15, 2009.
Chesley Sully Sullenberger Pilot BIRTHDAY January 23, 1951 BIRTHPLACE Texas AGE 63 years old ABOUT Famous US Airways pilot and hero who safely landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River. He played the flute and was president of the Latin Club during his high school years. He was ranked #2 in TIME Magazine's 2009 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons. He and his wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, adopted two daughters. He and Paul Tibbets both rose to fame as pilots.