The pilot who guided a crippled US Airways jetliner safely into the Hudson River Thursday, saving all 155 people aboard, became an instant hero.
The pilot of Flight 1549 was 57-year-old Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, of Danville, California.
Sullenberger is a former fighter pilot who runs a safety consulting firm in addition to flying commercial aircraft.
Purdue University spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg says Sullenberger is a 1973 Purdue graduate with a master's degree in psychology.
Sullenberger, who has flown for US Airways since 1980, flew F-4 fighter jets with the Air Force in the 1970s.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the pilot "did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that everybody got out."