The Heights of Passion

In November 1916, Lawrence Sperry, who had already made history as the inventor of the autopilot, entered the annals of aviation a second time. A prurient daredevil, he found that his new device facilitated a midair assignation with a female flight student—thereby unofficially inaugurating the Mile High Club. Things almost ended tragically that day: Sperry's boat plane went crashing into a New York bay, where two bewildered duck hunters saved the naked couple.

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To airlines' chagrin, this hasn't stopped passengers from following Sperry's lascivious lead. Nearly every flight attendant has had to deal with such meetings,...

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