It was not unusual (back in the day) for LSD users to think that they could fly, with similar results.
Maybe the substances he was on made him think he was Robert Plant.
So he was a 24-year-old Georgia native? We all know the closest thing to a god that ever came out of Georgia was 90's Country pop star Doug Stone.
I sully that idea, JackieMoon. Who can possibly forget Fiddlin' John Carson?