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Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan with his "Sunshine", at Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan with his "Sunshine", at Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland

Historical Context

When Douglas Corrigan turned up at Baldonnel Aerodrome near Dublin in Ireland after flying from New York in 1938 his arrival was unexpected to say the least. He'd originally flown from Long Beach, California and his flight plan stated he was to return the same way. He was promptly christened Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

Corrigan had been refused permission to attempt a transatlantic flight and it was widely thought he had decided to try anyway. As an aircraft mechanic Corrigan had been one of those who built the Spirit of St Louis, Charles Lindbergh's plane in his 1927 first transatlantic flight. It is thought he was emulating Lindbergh in a plane far inferior that he had modified himself. His endeavours were widely popular and his ticker-tape parade in New York on his return attracted more people than Lindburgh himself.

Photo Info

Location taken: Baldonnel Aerodrome, Dublin, Ireland

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