It was on this date back in 1938 when Douglas Corrigan (He did not as yet have the famous nickname) took off from Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn, New York, supposedly to make his return flight back home. He flew an airplane that he salvaged from a trash heap, rebuilt, and modified for long distance flight, nonstop from Texas to New York. Not long after he took off, supposedly to return to Texas, he made an hundred and eighty degree turn and disappeared in clouds. And guess what, twenty-eight hours later he landed in Ireland. Here is the front page of the New York Post:
Because of public outcry, his license was reinstated, but he returned to the U.S. aboard a ship. He became a national celebrity.
Now try not to get lost or go the wrong way today, but have a really great day, you hear?