A320 Pilot Chesley Sullenberger's Other Jobs: Accident Investigator and Safety Lecturer

Duncan Riley

There's pilots, and then there's Chesley Sullenberger.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is being hailed as a hero for managing to ditch his US Airways A320 in the Hudson River, and rightly so, but his resume given the context of what has happened couldn't be more appropriate.

Sullenberger started his career at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and he flew F-4s for seven years, before joining US Airways in 1980.

Along with his job as a pilot, Chesley Sullenberger is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. He also works as an accident investigator and founded a company focused on helping businesses improve safety.

Could you possibly ask for better qualifications?

According to new reports, even after the plane crashed, he left nothing to chance "As his passengers climbed onto ferry boats, he walked the entire plane, twice, making sure that no one was left behind" reported one witness.