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Tue Oct 18, 2016, 02:19 PM

Is this the greatest ever barroom bet?

While drinking a Pilot bet he could land outside the bar, 2 hours later he touched down in central New York in a stolen aircraft. Years later he repeated the stunt because someone wouldn't believe him.



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In September, 1956 after drinking heavily at a bar in New York City, Thomas Fitzpatrick made an intoxicated barroom bet that he could travel from New Jersey to New York City in 15 minutes. At 3 a.m. he stole a single engine plane from the Teterboro and flew without any lights or radio before landing on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street in front of the bar where the bet was made. The New York Times called it a "fine landing" and a "feat of aeroneutics". For his illegal flight, he was fined $100 after the plane's owner refused to press charges.

http://imgur.com/gallery/j2mrL

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/long-ago-a-pilot-landed-on-an-uptown-street-thats-where-the-bar-was/?_r=0

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Blue_Tires Oct 2016 OP
rurallib Oct 2016 #1
Joe Chi Minh Oct 2016 #7
Major Nikon Oct 2016 #2
Brother Buzz Oct 2016 #6
Hassin Bin Sober Oct 2016 #3
world wide wally Oct 2016 #4
Midnight Writer Oct 2016 #8
Iggo Oct 2016 #9

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 08:25 PM

1. History! That's why I come to the Lounge

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 20, 2016, 11:53 AM

7. If anyone had any lingering doubts... only in America..... It cuts

so many ways, some bad, some good, some off-the-dial crazy.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 09:20 PM

2. The plane looks like a Stinson

Many of them are still flying

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 19, 2016, 10:11 PM

6. Cessna 140

The landing gear is all wrong for a Stinson.

It (at least one of the thefts) was a Cessna 140



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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 09:31 PM

3. He went on to have a distinguished career as an airline pilot.

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But seriously, this is a cool story. Thanks for posting. I thought I'd heard them all.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 19, 2016, 10:18 AM

4. Still one of the funniest shows ever. ^

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Oct 22, 2016, 01:29 AM

8. Didn't George W Bush have a similar story?

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 22, 2016, 02:36 AM

9. Nah. You're thinking of Brian Williams.

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