Hudson River landing pilot to receive Academy’s award

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The U.S. Air Force Academy will award Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who safely landed his plane in New York’s Hudson River, the the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship tomorrow.

Sullenberger graduated from the Academy in 1973.

 Sullenberger landed the plane in the Hudson after it was struck by geese and lost power after taking off on Jan. 15. All 155 people aboard survived.

Sullenberger was a glider instructor pilot while he was a cadet at the academy and plans to take a glider flight at the academy on Thursday.

Also getting this year’s Jabara Award is Capt. Travis A. Burton for his actions as an A-10 pilot in Afghanistan.