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us: Corrigan, Douglas, 1907-1995



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    • us: Corrigan, Wrong Way, 1907-1995
    • us: Corrigan, Clyde Groce, 1907-1995
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    • found: The flying Irishman [MP] 1939: credits (Douglas Corrigan)
    • found: Halliwell's Filmgoer's comp., 1985 (Corrigan, Douglas "Wrong Way"; b. 1907; Amer. aviator)
    • found: New York Times, Dec. 14, 1995: p. B14 (d. Dec. 9)
    • found: Air Racing History, via WWW, August 1, 2013 (Douglas Corrigan; Wrong Way Corrigan; became a legendary aviator, not because of his accomplishments as a pilot but rather because of a supposed navigational error; in 1938, Corrigan "mistakenly" flew from New York to Ireland when he was supposed to be flying from New York to California because he seemingly misread his compass; born in Galveston, Texas on January 22, 1907; in the 1950s, he bought an orange grove in Santa Ana, California, and lived there for the remainder of his life; he died on December 9, 1995)
    • found: Wikipdia, August 1, 2013 (Douglas Corrigan; American aviator; born January 22, 1907 in Galveston, Texas; died December 9, 1995 in Santa Ana, California; he was named Clyde Groce Corrigan after his father, but legally adopted the name Douglas as an adult; he was nicknamed "Wrong Way" in 1938; after a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, to New York, he flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Ireland, though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach; he claimed his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass; however, he was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis) and had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for his transatlantic flight; he had been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland, and his "navigational error" was seen as deliberate; he never publicly admitted to having flown to Ireland intentionally; Corrigan wrote his autobiography, That's My Story, within months of the flight; it was published for the Christmas market on December 15, 1938; he also starred as himself in RKO Radio Pictures' The Flying Irishman (1939), a movie biography)
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