The street on which he grew up in Denison was named after his mother's family, the Hannas.
According to his sister, Sullenberger built model planes and aircraft carriers during his childhood, and says he became interested in flying after seeing military jets from an Air Force base near his house.
After earning his wings in 1975 as a USAF Pilot, he completed replacement training in the F-4 Phantom II at Luke AFB, Arizona.
This was followed by his assignment to the 493d Tactical Fighter Squadron of 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, where he flew as a United States Air Force fighter pilot in the F-4D Phantom II.
He served as the co-chairman, along with First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, of the EAA's Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program from 2009 to 2013.
He is the co-author, with Jeffrey Zaslow, of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, a memoir of his life and of the events surrounding Flight 1549, published in 2009 by Harper Collins.
At 16, Sullenberger learned to fly in an Aeronca 7DC from a private airstrip near his home. Air Force Academy, Sullenberger also holds a Master's degree in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
He said the training he received from a local flight instructor grounded his aviation career for the rest of his life. Sullenberger was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy, entering with the Class of 1973 in June 1969.He was a featured speaker for two panels, one on aviation and one on patient safety in medicine, at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France, from May 29 to 31, 2007.He also said: "One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training.On January 16, 2009, the United States Senate passed a resolution recognizing and honoring Sullenberger, Skiles, the cabin crew, the passengers, and the first responders involved in Flight 1549's emergency landing.A library book, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability was in Sullenberger's luggage left behind in the cockpit.And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal." because the normal procedures for engine loss are designed for cruising altitudes, not immediately after takeoff.