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Across the Atlantic on wing and a prayer

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / October 8, 1980

Goose Bay, Labrador

Jaromir Wagner made history by crossing the Atlantic on top of an airplane. Mr. Wagner touched down here after an eight-hour flight from Greenland in wind-chill conditions as low as 94 degrees below zero. Perched on top of his twin-engine de Havilland Islander aircraft, just behind the cockpit, he wore a skin diver's suit, leather overalls, and woolen underwear as protection against the elements.

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Stops on the trip from Giesses, West Germany, included Aberdeen, Scotland, the Faeroes Islands, and Iceland. Two pilots inside the plane took turns flying the craft.