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Join Captain “Miracle of the Hudson” Sullenberger on Douglas DC-7B N836D

Captain Sullenberger, First Officer Skiles, the flight crew that famously landed US Airways Flight US 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 in an Airbus A320 N106US, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crewmembers onboard will be part of the crew that will make a special flight on November 18. The flight was originally destined for Charlotte (CLT). Sully and Jeff will make another trip to CLT on November 18, 2011, but this time in the pictured 1958 Douglas DC-7B N836D (msn 43545) from Opa-locka Airport (near Miami) to Charlotte with only a few select passengers on board.

Captain Sullenberger and F/O Skiles are supporting the Historical Flight Foundation (HFF) by flying only 40 members aboard the DC-7B aircraft from Opa-locka Airport to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, where the flight 1549 aircraft now rests. Sully and Jeff will be part of the flight deck crew, and when not busy up front they will be visiting in the cabin with the passengers. The 2 hour and 45 minute flight will allow ample time for visiting, taking pictures and having great fun.

Back in the cabin, passengers will share the plentiful cabin space, large windows and great leg room famously afforded to passengers during the 1950s and 1960s.

Passengers will be able to enjoy the famous cigar lounge in the rear of the airplane, which may have allowed for smoking at the time – but we’re sorry to say that cigars won’t be allowed on this flight!

Relive how great, romantic and comfortable a voyage was in one of the most luxurious prop airliners. Flying at altitudes of less than 10,000 feet, we will travel up the Florida coast, skirt the coast of Georgia, travel inland through the heart of South Carolina, and directly into the CLT airport.

Upon arrival, Captain Sullenberger, F/O Skiles, crewmembers and passengers will share a photo opportunity with N106US, the Miracle on the Hudson airplane now being housed in the Carolinas Aviation Museum hangar.

Support HFF, meet our heroes, Captain Sully Sullenberger, F/O Skiles and experience a day only 40 people in the world will ever be able to share. The $1000 ticket price includes a complimentary $250 annual membership.

There will be 40 raffle tickets, at $200 each, offered to the members on board. These tickets will be for a chance to win a model signed by the crew on this flight. There will be 8 models in the raffle. Four each of the DC-7B, and 4 each of the famous A-320, N106US – Models manufactured by Atlantic Models, Inc. Winners can pose in front of each corresponding airplane with the crew.
All passengers will receive an autographed poster by the DC-7 crew, including Captain Sullenberger and F/O Skiles.

Come fly with the world’s most famous pilots for a once in a lifetime opportunity, and support the world’s only remaining passenger DC-7B.

For more information, please visit the HFF website: or call Roger Jarman in Miami at (305) 883-2012.

Historical Flight Foundation’s Douglas DC-7B N836D flies again!

Copyright Photo: Roger Jarman/Historical Flight Foundation.

Historical Flight Foundation (Opa-locka) today (July 4) flew its Douglas DC-7B N836D (msn 43545) for the first time after the careful restoration. The propliner is painted in the Eastern Air Lines’ 1940 livery.

The foundation is flying the classic propliner to Oshkosh on Saturday, July 24. Seats available for the trip. Membership is required ($250.00) and the flight cost is $1250.00 per person.

On Wednesday, July 28, the HFF will have a special flight, scheduled to carry Mr. Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator, Captain Sully Sullenberger, and his F.O. Jeff Skiles around the Oshkosh area.

After Airventure 2010, N836D will continue to Thunder Over Michigan (Ypsilanti)  and on to Teterboro Airport. At both of those locations, HFF will be conducting local area flights (one hour flights for $300.00). HFF members are allowed to fly on flights between cities as well. You may book rides on our website by clinking on .

The DC-7B operates under two permits, one is the HFF, Part 91 exemption, and the other as a Part 125 under the Operation Specifications of Florida Air Transport.

The HFF can make the airplane available for your event by contacting, Roger Jarman at . The HFF website  is located at

Watch the restored first flight on YouTube:

Copyright Photo: Roger Jarman/Historical Flight Foundation.