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The Flying Irishman (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 7 April 1939 (USA)
This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded... See full summary »

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This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded 320 gallons of gasoline (40 hours worth) into the tiny, single engine plane. While expressing his intent to fly west to Long Beach, CA, Mr. Corrigan flew out of Floyd Bennett Field heading east over the Atlantic. Instrumentation in the plane included two compasses (both malfunctioned) and a turn-and-bank indicator. The cabin door was held shut with baling wire. Nearly 29 hours later, he landed in Baldonnel near Dublin. He forever claimed to be surprised at arriving in Ireland rather than California. He returned to the US as a hero, with a ticker tape parade in New York and received numerous medals and awards. Written by Anonymous

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Douglas Corrigan was nicknamed "Wrong Way" in 1938 after flying from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, Ireland on July 18 though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach, California. He had been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland and claimed his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error. However, Corrigan, one of the builders of Charles A. Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis had made several modifications to his plane in preparation for the transatlantic flight. This, among other factors, suggests the "mistake" was deliberate although Corrigan never admitted this. See more »

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During the opening credits, an airplane flies through the names, erasing each screen, and a new screen of credits is displayed. See more »

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Spoofed in Gilligan's Island: Wrongway Feldman (1964) See more »

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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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6 April 2015 | by (100 miles SE of Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the other 2 reviews, I thought Douglas Corrigan as himself was very likable and did a good job of acting. I liked his easy style and fairly constant motion as he went about flying the wrong way.

I thought the flying scene and the airplane shots were done well enough, and Corrigan's preparations were well covered.

I happen to live a driving distance from the Glenn Curtiss Museum and liked that Corrigan went across the Atlantic in a Curtiss Robin, which I have seen in the museum.

I am 75, and knew the story of Wrong Way Corrigan 60 years before I saw this movie.

Liked the whole movie and look forward to seeing it again.


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