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On July 17, 1938, aviator Douglas Corrigan departed from Brooklyn, New York, United States, for a cross-country trip west to the state of California. A day later, he landed more than 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) east ... in Dublin, Ireland! “Wrong-Way” Corrigan blamed his transatlantic flight on heavy clouds.
 
Although he never admitted it, most people think that “Wrong Way” Corrigan did not go the “wrong way” at all! Douglas was a pilot who had wanted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean for years. He was inspired by his hero, Charles Lindbergh, who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. But Douglas’ plane didn’t have a radio, and he couldn’t even see out the front windows! Officials told Douglas he was not allowed to fly the plane across the ocean.
 
He did, though! It took Douglas more than 28 hours to safely fly across the Atlantic Ocean. He survived on chocolate bars, cookies, and water. When he returned to New York, more people came to his welcome-back parade than came to Charles Lindbergh’s!
aviator
Noun

pilot of an aircraft.

Noun

visible mass of tiny water droplets or ice crystals in Earth's atmosphere.

Noun

instrument used to tell direction.

depart
Verb

to leave.

disrupt
Verb

to interrupt.

fuel
Noun

material that provides power or energy.

inspire
Verb

to influence to act.

mechanic
Noun

person who builds or repairs machinery and vehicles.

Noun

art and science of determining an object's position, course, and distance traveled.

pilot
Noun

person who steers a ship or aircraft.

transatlantic
Adjective

across the Atlantic Ocean.

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