Friday, July 17, 2009

Guess what today is??

It's WRONG WAY DAY!!

Here's some info on why it's wrong way day!


WRONG WAY CORRIGAN

Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) was an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas, nicknamed "Wrong Way".
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.


All information and photo came from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Corrigan

So today...go the wrong way!!
See ya next time......down on the farm!

Sage

1 comment:

NancyD said...

Well I didn't know that! I'm supposing that he might be the originator of "oopsies!" LOL Have a great day, chat soon!