"Wrong Way" Corrigan - Do you believe his tale?

Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan landed his little modified Curtiss-Robin monoplane at an airfield outside Dublin, Ireland, and amiably told the workers who gathered around him, “I'm Douglas Corrigan. I just got in from New York,  Where am I? I intended to fly to California.” Upon arrival in Ireland, after his un-approved solo transatlantic flight, he maintained he had 'compass troubles. He took off from off from Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y., Jul 17, 1938 on a 28-hour solo flight to Dublin, Ireland. The pilot had failed to receive clearance for a transatlantic flight, and his persistent claim that he had intended to fly to California earned him the sobriquet "Wrong Way" Corrigan.
So, what do you think? Did he mean to do it or did he really have 'compass troubles"? Let us know your thoughts below.
 

 

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Comment by Bryan Reeh on July 24, 2013 at 2:29pm
Corrigan had applied to the Bureau of Commerce in 1935 to make the flight to Ireland but was rejected because his aircraft was unfit. After a few years of modifications
the plane was still not approved for the flight. It is obvious that he decided to attempt the transatlantic flight without government approval.
Bryan
Galveston,Tx
Comment by Dean Bird on July 17, 2013 at 9:20pm

Well, the way I understand it, when Corrigan restored his plane, he completely dissembled it and then reassembled it per a photograph which was developed from a flipped negative which had the left on the right, front on the rear etc. (Kinda like the famous left-handed Billy-the-Kid photo, which resulted in people believing he was left handed til someone noticed his rifle had the receiver bass ackwards.)  Guess when he took off, he forgot his compass "N" pointed the wrong way.....

Have heard that he actually wanted to retire to an Orange Grove in Florida, but ended up in California ;-)

Dean

JAX, FL

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