Captain Sully's First Time ... Again

10/1/2009 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Reporters and cameramen crammed themselves into a US Airways flight for Sully's "return to the sky" -- but they were all duped, because it wasn't his first flight back!

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Though passengers cheered like it was Sully's big comeback when he hit the loudspeaker, truth is, he'd already piloted another plane hours earlier -- and one more back in September.

However, this was his first flight with the same route as the Hudson River incident -- only this time, the plane MADE IT to North Carolina ... and without any goose fatalities.