Wrong Way Corrigan

July 17, 2013 by  

Wrong Way Corrigan, Even though you may have heard of “Wrong Way” Corrigan, do you know the real story behind his infamous nickname?

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan was born in 1907 and by 1938 was an accomplished aviator. He was incredibly envious of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and very much wanted to complete one himself. Since Corrigan was Irish, he decided that Dublin would be a fine transatlantic destination.

Aviation authorities were not on board with his plans, however, due to the age and condition of his plane. Consequently, they rejected his flight plans. Disappointed, but not defeated, on July 17, 1938, he took off on a trip from New York to Long Beach instead.

Twenty-eight hours and thirteen minutes later he landed in Dublin, Ireland. He reported that his compass had gotten stuck and he went the wrong way!

To commemorate Corrigan’s steadfast refusal to admit he flew to Dublin on purpose, July 17 is “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” To celebrate, why not watch the hilarious 1987 comedy “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starring Steve Martin and John Candy? You can check out the trailers on Yahoo! Movies.

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