July 17, 1938. Douglas Groce Corrigan, an unemployed airplanemechanic, left Brooklyn, NYs Floyd Bennett Field, ostensibly headed for Los Angeles, CA, in a 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane. He landed 28 hours, 13 minutes later at Baldonnell Airport in Dublin, Ireland, after a 3,150-mile nonstop flight without radio or special navigation equipment and inviolation of American and Irish flight regulations. Born at Galveston, TX, Jan 22, 1907, Corrigan received a heros welcome home; he was nicknamed Wrong Way Corrigan because he claimed he accidentally followed the wrong end of his compass needle. Died at Santa Ana, CA, Dec 9, 1995.
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