“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.”
Believe it or not he did it a second time after someone claimed he didn’t do it the first! He was then sentenced to 6 months.


  1. Fitzpatrick sounds like quite the character. I bet he’d be a lot of fun get drinks with. Could you imagine the fun Fitzpatrick would have with the digital business we have now? I can’t believe he did it again!


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