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Hero Pilot Chesley Sullenberger Sells Hat To Help Schools

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SAN RAMON, Calif. — Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has auctioned one of his pilot's caps for $5,800 and will donate the proceeds to three San Francisco Bay area public schools.

The signed hat – which was not worn the day Sullenberger safely landed a disabled jet into the Hudson River – drew 68 bids on eBay.

The 58-year-old is giving portions of the money to Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, where his two daughters attend, and two Oakland schools, Futures Elementary and Community United Elementary.

The winning bidder will also receive a thank-you note from Sullenberger and his wife, Lorrie.