Flying By The Seat of Your Pants


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What’s that? It means deciding on a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a pre-determined plan. From what I’ve been told, the description “fly by the seat of your pants” fell into popular use after Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan flew from Brooklyn to Ireland in 1938. He’d filed a flight plan to go to Long Beach, California a couple of days earlier, but took off to the east and never turned around, landing in Ireland 26 hours later.