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!


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.

SUCCESS!!!! SUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!