“It was September the eleventh, 1985. It was midnight. And thousands of feet over the Great Smoky Mountains with Knoxville, Tennessee, below him, the pilot turned the Cessna away from the city and to the Southeast. He engaged the autopilot, opened the door, and jumped into the dark night—and into eternity.”
Fly By Night was created by Charles Stites, a contributor to AOPA publications, and the founder of Able Flight, the charitable group that provides scholarships to people with disabilities to pursue flight training. The first four episodes focus on Thornton and his fall from privileged Kentucky socialite to infamous drug smuggler who died in a spectacular fashion. Future episodes will feature other pilots and their incredible stories of smuggling.
Entertaining and well-written, Fly By Night is a great listen for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other popular podcast locations.