The heroic pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 credited with today's expert Hudson River landing walked the entire aircraft aisle twice checking for passengers before exiting himself.
ABC News has identified the pilot as Chesley B. Sullenberger III. The 57-year-old has over 40 years of flying experience and served as an air force fighter pilot and instructor. Sullenberger's wife confirmed his identity from their California home to ABC while she waited for word he was safe.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg praises Sullennberger, saying, "It would appear that the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure everybody got out." The pilot's efforts helped save over 150 passengers and crew members.
Sullenberger graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned masters degrees from Purdue University and the University of Northern Colorado.
Authorities believe all the passengers, including one infant, were safely rescued.