Apr. 11th, 2015

syrena_of_the_lake: (Default)
Last night on the History Channel's Mysteries at the Museum, I learned about Lawrence Sperry, daredevil pilot, inventor of the autopilot and founding member of the Mile High Club. It seems Sperry took a lovely young socialite up for a flying lesson, something went wrong, and they crashed in a lake. Some very startled duck hunters came to the rescue, and were even more startled upon finding the pair naked. Sperry's official story was that the force of the crash had innocently knocked all their clothes off (Cue: Mythbusters), though he later confessed to a friend that he and his lovely (and very married) student had engaged the autopilot beforr engaging in, ah, other activities. The gyroscope functioned perfectly until, somehow or other, it was bumped and disengaged, the plane spiraled down into the water and two duck hunters got quite a show. In public, Sperry naturally remained silent. After all, he had two reputations to protect: the young lady's, and his gyroscope's - he wouldn't want anyone to think it had failed to work properly, of course.

Am I the only one who thinks it sounds like a Howard Stark escapade?

Profile

syrena_of_the_lake: (Default)
syrena_of_the_lake

August 2017

S M T W T F S
  1234 5
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Aug. 18th, 2017 10:04 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios