Thursday, 24 September 2009

Wrongway Corrigan

This is the music video to accompany a great song and a true story. Douglas Corrigan was an ancestor of the Corrigan Brothers, and like them his was a transatlantic tale:

Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) was an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas. He was 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, though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach. He claimed 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. However, he was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis) and had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for his transatlantic flight. He had been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland, and his "navigational error" was obviously deliberate. Nevertheless, he never publicly admitted to having flown to Ireland intentionally. (Ref Wikipedia)

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Download the track on itunes Here: Corrigan Brothers - An Irishman Invented Rock and Roll - Wrong Way Corrigan

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