On July 17, 1938, aviator Douglas Corrigan departed from Brooklyn, New York, for a cross-country trip west, to California—but landed more than 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) east . . . in Dublin, Ireland, the next day. “Wrong-Way” Corrigan blamed his transatlantic flight on heavy clouds that disrupted his navigation, but most people don’t think it was a mistake at all.Corrigan was a skilled aircraft mechanic and experienced pilot. Inspired by Charles Lindbergh, Corrigan put together his own plane from spare parts. His plane had no radio, the compass was 20 years old, and Corrigan couldn’t even see out of the plane’s windshield—his fuel tanks were mounted there. His application to fly across the Atlantic Ocean was denied.Corrigan claimed he realized his “error” 10 or 12 hours into his flight—too long to turn back. He safely landed in Dublin 28 hours after he departed from New York. He took a ship back to the U.S.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry aviator Noun
pilot of an aircraft.
visible mass of tiny water droplets or ice crystals in Earth's atmosphere.
Encyclopedic Entry: cloud compass Noun
instrument used to tell direction.
Encyclopedic Entry: compass depart Verb
material that provides power or energy.
to influence to act.
person who builds or repairs machinery and vehicles.
art and science of determining an object's position, course, and distance traveled.
Encyclopedic Entry: navigation pilot Noun
person who steers a ship or aircraft.
across the Atlantic Ocean.