Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wrong Way

When a pilot flew to Ireland instead of California by mistake.

Charles Lindbergh, in flight gear, stands with his right hand in his pocket, next to the Spirit of St. Louis. 31 May 1927
Charles Lindbergh stands next to the Spirit of St. Louis. 31 May 1927
Douglas Corrigan was an aircraft mechanic who worked on Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, famous for 'accidentally' flying to Ireland instead of California, stands next to his rebuild airplane described as a 'rattletrap'. c. 1935. Wrong Way and other stories of pilots. marchmatron.com
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan
In 1938, Corrigan piloted a rebuilt, single-engine, "rattletrap" from California to New York intending to fly across the Atlantic. Concerned by the state of his airplane, aviation authorities denied the flight but agreed to let him return to California. 
Douglas Corrigan's 'rattletrap' plane returning to NYC via ship. The aircraft, without wings, being lowered from the ship. A crowd of workmen and sailors watch the event. 1938. Wrong Way and other stories of pilots. marchmatron.com
Douglas Corrigan's "rattletrap" plane returning to New York by ship, 1938
Corrigan took off and twenty-eight hours later, he landed in Dublin, Ireland. Claiming he got lost, the authorities suspended his license.  "Wrong Way" Corrigan and his plane returned to New York by ship. 
Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan, wearing his flight jacket, speaking at a podium at a ticker tape parade held in his honor in New York. Corrigan Quote, when asked years later if he actually believed he was flying to California instead of Ireland. Wrong Way and other stories of pilots. marchmatron.com
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan speaking at a ticker tape parade, thrown in his honor when he returned, by ship, to New York.
Corrigan stuck to his story of poor navigation and became a celebrity on both sides of the pond. His license was reinstated. 
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