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Name: Douglas Corrigan                                                             
Born: 22 January 1907                                                               
Died: 9 December 1995                                                               
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (January 22, 1907–December 9, 1995) was an American 
aviator 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   
aircraft mechanic (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.