The first non-stop transatlantic flight happened in 1919. A modified WWI bomber with an open cockpit took off from Newfoundland, Canada with a crew of two. They almost spiraled into the ocean twice in heavy fog, had to climb onto the wings to clear ice, and landed in a bog in Connemara, Ireland.
In 1982, “Lawn Chair Larry” took flight in a homemade airship which consisted of an ordinary patio chair attached to 45 helium-filled weather balloons. Armed with a pellet gun, he rose to over 15,000 feet, and enjoyed cold beer and sandwiches before making his miraculous descent.