the person that was telling me the story said he learn't to fly by the seat of his pants in his dads crop duster, using gut feeling and feel , rather than fandangled instruments. Mind you this guy learnt to fly in the 50's.. He went on to become a Wing Commander/Col in the RAF. He was in charge of aircraft maintenence ,chiefly the Lightnings that were charged with patrolling the North Sea and shooting down rockets or something at the height of the cold war.
I don't know whether to belive him but he me stories on how much one got of the pilot drank the previous evening, that there was no way he would have passed a sobriety test to drive a car let alone pilot a plane.