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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Best Bet EVER



In 1956 Thomas Fitzpatrick, a 26 year old pilot, was in a bar in Manhattan (you already know this is going to be a good story) and made a bet that he could go to New Jersey and be back to the bar in 15 minutes. He left and at 3 am returned from New Jersey, in a stolen airplane that he landed, while drunk on St. Nicholas Ave in front of the bar. 


It gets even better. Two years later while patronizing a different bar, a fellow patron refused to believe the prior event. Mr. Fitzpatrick left and at 1 am he returned from New Jersey, in a stolen airplane, that he landed, while drunk on Amsterdam Ave in front of the bar.


The first time he was fined $100. The second time he had let his pilot’s license laps because he “Didn’t want to fly anymore” and was sentenced to jail for 6 months. Both times, the airplanes were dismantled and driven back to New Jersey.



From a police evaluate of the flight, “He landed on a street with lampposts and cars parked on both sides. It was a wonder.’’



I would say so.

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