Chesley Sullenberger
Chesley Sullenberger
Real Name/Full Name Chesley Burnett ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Chesley Sullenberger
Birth Place: Denison, Texas, U.S.A
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 23 January 1951
Age/How Old: 73 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 183 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 0″
Weight: In Kilograms – 70 Kg
In Pounds – 154 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Grey
Parents Name: Father –Chesley Burnett Sullenberger
Mother –Marjorie Pauline
Siblings: Mary Wilson
School: Denison High School
College: University of Northern Colorado
Purdue University
Religion: N/A
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: Lorrie
Wife/Spouse Name: Lorrie Sullenberger (m. 1989)
Kids/Children Name: Kelly Sullenberger
Katie Sullenberger
Profession: Airline Captain, Author, Mentor
Net Worth: $2 Million
Last Updated: July 2024

Chesley Sullenberger is a famous retired American pilot. He has served as the airline captain for 30 years. He is most remembered for the miracle landing on the river Hudson when he was the captain of IS Airways Flight 1549 in 2009. Besides, he is also an author of some of the bestselling books. Also, having good hands-on experience in the aviation industry, he is still consulted concerning aircraft safety and policy development of the industry. Currently, he is happily married and has two daughters of his own.

Well, how well do you know about Chesley Sullenberger? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Chesley Sullenberger’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Chesley Sullenberger to date.

Biography and Early Life

Chesley Sullenberger was born on 23rd January 1951 in Denison, Texas, USA. His father, Chesley, was a dentist. His mother, Marjorie, was an elementary school teacher. He has one sister, Mary. He could see military jets landing and taking off from a nearby Airforce from his parents’ home. His love for jets grew each day as he could eagerly wait for the jets coming and going. Also, whenever he was free, he used to craft diverse types of plane models.

At that time, he was still oblivious that the jets would influence his future career. His interest in aircraft grew such that he learned to fly Aeronca 7DC at age 16.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Chesley Sullenberger in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Chesley Sullenberger’s age is 73 years old as of today’s date 13th July 2024 having been born on 23 January 1951. Though, he is 6′ 0″ in feet and inches and 183 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 154 lbs in Pound and 70kg in Kilograms.


He enrolled in Denison high school, where he graduated in 1979. He joined the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout his school life, he was a genius. His excellent academic performance made him the learning institution scholar student.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Chesley Sullenberger With Wife Lorrie Sullenberger
Chesley Sullenberger With Wife Lorrie Sullenberger

He married his long-time girlfriend, Lorrie, a fitness instructor. The two lovers ended up in marriage in 1989. The family is blessed with two daughters, Katie and Kelly. He is a Suicide prevention activist, an initiative he decided to engage in after his father’s failed suicide attempt. His father had severe depression that triggered him to attempt suicide. Thus, he promotes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and National Suicide Prevention Week.

Is Chesley Sullenberger Gay?

No. He is straight. He has entered into a love relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Lorrie. Together, the two lovers have children of their own. Thus, it is evident that Chesley Sullenberger is not gay, and neither is he a bisexual.

Professional Career

He started his pilot career in 1969 when he joined the United States Air Force Academy as a pilot instructor. His outstanding performance earned him a scholarship awarded by Air Force to complete the post-graduation from Purdue University.

While in the United Kingdom, he obtained the position of a Fighter pilot in the United States Air Force in 1975. He has worked with Aircraft Investigation, and the accident investigators have done by USAF.

One of his memorable trial moments that he emerged a success occurred in 2009. His plane’s engines knocked off in mid-air. He had no option but to land the plane in the middle of the river Hudson. Luckily, no injuries occurred; all the crew members, as well as 155 passengers, survived. He received an honor named ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.

He retired from his career in 2010. He has worked as a pilot for 30 years.

Besides being a pilot, he has also worked as a co-chairman of EAA’s Young Eagles Youth Introduction-To—Aviation program. Besides, he is globally recognized. He holds talks on airline safety. In 2017, CBS News invited Chesley to discuss aviation safety. Having served for many years as a pilot, he is often consulted to formulate and develop new airline safety and protocols.

He is also an author. His first book is titled ‘My Search For What Matters. The book is about memories of his life, including the memorable Flight 1549. Besides, the book is a best seller in the New York Times. His second book was published in 2012 and was titled ‘Making A Difference: Stories Of Vision And Courage From America’s Leaders’.


  • He received the Airmanship Award in 1973 as an outstanding cadet
  • He was ranked position 2 in the list of Top Hundred Most Influential Heroes And Icons Of 2009

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Chesley Sullenberger in 2024

Chesley Sullenberger Net Worth
Chesley Sullenberger Net Worth

As of 2024, His net worth is $2 million. His primary income source is from his aviation career. However, he has other streams of income. He earned handsomely as an author as some of his books are bestselling. He has also won several awards, including the miracle honor.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

One of his recently purchased homes in Truckee is worth $2.4 million and is located near Northstar Ski Resort.

Influenced by his upbringing environment, Chesley has been a famous US Airline captain for years. His career has not only earned him a celebrity lifestyle but has also made him a millionaire. Besides, he has put his knowledge in books that have become among the best seller books globally. He has sufficient expertise in airline safety and is often consulted on various occasions. He is happily married and has children of his own.


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