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
Did he really make the world's most spectacular mistake?
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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
During the opening credits, an airplane flies through the names, erasing each screen, and a new screen of credits is displayed. See more
Academic Festival Overture in C, Opus 80
Written by Johannes Brahms
Part of the score when Henry graduates See more