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Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan's famous flight in 1938...



Item # 656838

August 5, 1938

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (CITY EDITION), St. Louis, Missouri, August 5, 1938
 
* Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan's famous flight
* New York to Ireland - Unintentional?


The top of the front page has a single-column, 3-line headline: "CORRIGAN MAKES TRIUMPHAL RIDE IN NEW YORK," with several subheads, one stating: "'Wrong Way' Flyer to Ireland Receives Most Boisterous Greeting, Perhaps, Since Lindberghs," with much to follow, including a photo of him sitting in a chair waiting for the start of his "big day." Additionally, the front page of the DAILY MAGAZINE portion has multiple large photos related to the event, including one captioned: "HERO'S RETURN." See images for details.

The issue is complete and is in excellent condition.
 
source: wikipedia: Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (January 22, 1907December 9, 1995) was an Americanaviator born in Galveston, Texas. 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, even though he was supposed to be returning to Long Beach. He claimed that 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. Corrigan, however, was a skilled aircraftmechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis) and a habitual risk-taking maverick; he had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for transatlantic flight. Between 1935 and 1937, he applied several times, unsuccessfully, for permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland, and it is likely that his "navigational error" was a protest against government "red tape"; however, he never publicly acknowledged having flown to Ireland intentionally.

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Category: The 20th Century

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