Sully Lands Atop Rose Parade

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, is named Grand Marshal

By Bill French
|  Friday, Nov 6, 2009  |  Updated 5:43 AM PDT
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120th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade

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Airline Capt. Chesley Sullenberger waves after the announcement naming him as the Grand Marshal for the 2010 Tournament of Roses Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 in Pasadena, Calif. Sullenberger became an international hero on Jan. 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City's frigid Hudson River. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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The Tournament of Roses has landed a high-flying Grand Marshal for the upcoming Rose Parade and football game.

It's none other than the hero of the Hudson, pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

Captain Sullenberger safely landed his disabled U.S. Airways jet on the Hudson River last January, after a flock of birds flew into the engines. All 155 people on board were unhurt.

Sullenberger will have the best seat in the house for the parade and football game. But he won't have to guide his Grand Marshal's float, or hopefully take any emergency actions.

The veteran pilot says watching the Rose Parade is nothing new, but he didn't expect anything like this.

"It's been a family tradition to watch the Rose Parade," Sullenberger said. "I am incredibly honored to be named the Grand Marshal of such a revered American institution."

The theme of this year's 121st Rose Parade is "A Cut Above the Rest."

Most observers would agree they found a Grand Marshal who really fits that description.

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