Sully and Skiles to Fly DC-7B Charity Flight
Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles board the Historical Flight Foundationís DC-7B at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.
N836D lands at Wittman Regional Airport.
October 20, 2011 – Miracle on the Hudson pilots and EAA Young Eagles co-chairmen Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles reunite next month for a very special charity flight on board the Historical Flight Foundation’s meticulously restored 1958 Douglas DC-7B. They’ll be flight crew members on a November 18 charity flight from Opa-locka, Florida, to Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on board will be 40 HFF members as they fly from Opa-Locka to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, display site of the Flight 1549 Airbus A320.
It’s not their first flight on N836D; Sully and Jeff flew together on this airplane when they accompanied FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on a flight during the airplane’s appearance at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.
Powered by four Wright R-3350-30W engines, the DC-7B is painted in the original “Red Falcon” paint scheme it was delivered with in January 1958. It’s also the only DC-7B aircraft in the world equipped with evacuation slides - retrofitted from a Boeing B-727-200.
Along with being on the flight crew, Sully and Jeff will visit with passengers in the cabin during the 2-hour, 45-minute flight. Route is up the Florida coast into Georgia, then inland through the heart of South Carolina, and directly into CLT. Altitudes will be less than 10,000 feet.
For more information about the flight, click here or call Executive Director Roger Jarman at 305-883-2012.