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Sullenberger Aviation Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors.


15th Anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson"

Join us in honoring the 15th Anniversary of Flight 1549, the "Miracle on the Hudson" with hashtag #miracle2me.

Calling all Visionary Volunteers! 🌟 Elevate your impact by volunteering with us at the Sullenberger Aviation Museum. Whether you're fascinated by aircraft history or eager to share your love of STEM, there's a place for you in our dynamic volunteer community. Let's take flight together! 🛫
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Be a part of something extraordinary! ✈️ SAM is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our mission of inspiring, educating, and elevating the world of aviation. Dive into a world of learning, camaraderie, and meaningful experiences. Ready to make a difference? Apply today! 🚁

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Passenger Brad Wentzell remembers Flight 1549 like it was yesterday...

"I had a perfect view of that left engine where I was sitting, and it was on fire. Sparks coming out; flames coming out," he said. "You just knew something was wrong."

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Tune in at 5:30 pm to watch @BankofAmerica Executive and Sullenberger Aviation Museum Board Member Brian Siegel talk about his experience onboard Flight 1549 - the Miracle on the Hudson with WSOC's Evan Donovan.

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Honoring the Miracle on the Hudson, with more passenger interviews. Vicki Barnhardt, Ben Bostic, Beth McHugh, and Denise Locke. Coverage by WCNC's Michelle Boudin who has been covering the story since Day 1. 

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WBTV's Claire Kopsky interviews Miracle on the Hudson passengers Brad Wentzell and Michael Leonard at Sullenberger Aviation Museum to honor the 15th Anniversary today. 

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15 years ago this Monday, January 15th, we all held our breaths as we witnessed the Miracle on the Hudson emergency landing of Flight 1549. Today, we celebrate the heroic efforts of Capt. Sullenberger and his crew who showed us that even in the face of adversity, miracles can happen.  #MiracleOnTheHudson

This extraordinary event is a symbol of hope, bravery, and the power of the human spirit. It’s a clear testament to the miracles that can occur when skill, professionalism, and a genuine concern for human life come together. So, let's take a moment to remember and celebrate the miracle that kept 155 souls safe. 

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What does the Miracle on the Hudson mean to you? Share your thoughts, emotions and favorite travel photos, and let us know how this event inspired you using the hashtag #Miracle2Me 

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Today we are remembering the #MiracleOnTheHudson with passenger Brian Siegel! Monday, January 15 marks 15 YEARS since that miraculous day, folks!  Watch this video for the full story.

Brian will never forget U.S. Airways Flight 1549, captained by the courageous 'Sully' Sullenberger. Their life-altering experience has been transformed into an exhibition scheduled to open this summer at the Sullenberger Aviation Museum in Charlotte! 

Guess what's the star attraction?! You got it - the iconic Airbus 320, Flight 1549 itself, resting with pride, carrying tales of bravery and survival inside its fuselage. 

Come join us, re-live the miracle and honor the spirit of human determination that turned a potential tragedy into an awe-inspiring tale of survival. 

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Planning for Our Future

After 31 years of making history and making imaginations soar, Sullenberger Aviation Museum, formerly known as Carolinas Aviation Museum, is proud to be partnering with the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the national architectural and engineering firm Progressive AE, and internationally recognized design firm Freeman Ryan Design to develop plans for a state-of-the-art new location in Charlotte with a planned re-opening in summer 2024. Read more about our plans for a new facility here.

Our Mission

Understanding the impact of Aviation on our lives, culture, and society, we are relaunching with a new mission



… present and future generations of aerospace and STEM innovators



… on the impact of aviation and aerospace in our lives, culture, and economy



… diversity in STEM and aerospace to catalyze economic mobility

The Kids of Today are the Inventors of Tomorrow.

Partner with us as we re-imagine the greater Charlotte region as a hub for aviation and STEM innovation, creating more diversity and economic mobility by inspiring and empowering the next generation to pursue careers in STEM, aerospace and aviation.


Help Us Reach New Altitudes!

You can help make our bold vision a reality and build an all-new Sullenberger Aviation Museum.

We need your help to leave a legacy of lasting impact on the lives of individuals, families and the economy of our great home state of North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation.

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