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Fri20Apr2012Charlotte, North Carolina
Carolina Aviation Museum
Many recall the famous successful ditched landing of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York. It was destined for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
The Carolinas Aviation Museum February 2011 monthly newsletter announced, “Maybe a little late but US Airways Flight 1549 will make it to Charlotte after all.” The journey to North Carolina begun in June 2011 and crossed nearly 800 miles, touching the hearts in many cities. January 15, 2012 marked the 3rd Anniversary of that ill-fated flight and the museum held a special opening for the survivors. Today, visitors can see the entire airframe nearly assembled together. The museum will shortly acquire the engines and the tireless volunteers will carefully reassemble the aircraft.
Aviation artist, Michelle Rouch donated a painting to the Young Eagles Program. The organization, established in 1992 and currently co-chaired by Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles, offers our youth between the ages of 8 through 17 an opportunity to learn general aviation and how to fly. The original painting, titled, "We're Going Into the Hudson," was signed by both co-chairmen and unveiled on 29 July 2010 at the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala. The artwork is a heroic rendition of US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Skiles, who made a miraculous landing into the Hudson River and saved the lives of all the 155 passengers and crew members on January 15, 2009.
Carolinas Aviation Museum is located next to the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Website: http://www.carolinasaviation.org/