How Did “Wrongway” Corrigan Get His Name?

On July 18, 1938, an American pilot named Douglas Corrigan took off from New York on a flight that was supposed to take him to Los Angeles, California.

But Corrigan made one mistake, he went in the wrong direction, east instead of west. The next day, he landed in Dublin, Ireland, almost 6,000 miles away from where he was supposed to land.

“Wrongway” Corrigan claimed that a mistake in his compass setting led to the error.