Hilarious. This is the kind of guy you want at cocktail parties. To wit:

“At Art Lacy’s birthday party in 1947, he bet a friend five dollars that he was going to put a B-17 Flying Fortress WWII surplus bomber on top of his gasoline station. In a larger-than-life move, Lacy, who had never flown a B-17 before bought one in Oklahoma for thirteen-thousand dollars, and crash landed as a result of a landing gear failure while learning to fly it alone with a manakin as his copilot. After buying a second one and with the help of friends and a case of whiskey for bribes he was finally able to fly it back home to Portland, Oregon.”

http://theoldmotor.com/?p=154214