On the 13th anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight Jan. 15, 2022, officials with the Carolinas Aviation Museum (CAM) have revealed the museum will be renamed in honor of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who together with the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, heroically landed the plane in the Hudson River and saved all lives on board.
The official name of the museum will be revealed later this year, officials added.
Upon reopening in 2023 in Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s historic WPA/Douglas Airport Hangar, the museum will also become home to a permanent exhibit honoring the captain and crew of the flight, including the “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane, which previously attracted more than 74,000 visitors to the museum annually.
“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,” said Red Ventures CEO and crash survivor Ric Elias, who donated $1 million toward the museum’s re-opening, alongside a $500,000 donation from Lonely Planet, a Red Ventures brand. “Heroes are made long before the day they are called to action. This museum will serve as an enduring tribute to the preparation, courage, and dedication of the captain and the entire crew.”
This gift brings funding for CAM’s Lift-Off Campaign to more than $11 million, nearly 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 aircraft and interactive cockpits, flight simulators, and historic artifacts, according to museum officials.
The museum will also highlight STEM aviation and aerospace programming that connects students to the explosion of STEM career opportunities.