||[Aug. 1st, 2008|03:06 pm]
Plato's retreat commercial... sex club. haha. LOVE IT.
On the foggy morning of July 17, 1938, a 31 year old pilot named Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn's Floyd Bennet Field on a solo, nonstop trip to California. Twenty Eight hours later, he landed in Ireland... with a lot of explaining to do. He had no passport of papers of any kind, nor had he received permission from U.S. officials to make the transatlantic flight. Safely on the ground, Corrigan offered this explanation to Irish customs: Heavy fog in New York had forced him to navigate using only his compass. The fog continued all that day and into the night; there was never good visibility. When the sun rose the next morning -- 26 hours into his flight -- he was surprised to find himself over an ocean. Taking a closer look at hi compass, Corrigan realized he'd been following the wrong end of the needle, heading due east instead of west. But by now he was almost out of fuel; he coudln't turn around. His only hope was to continue east and hope to reach land before he ran out of gas. Two hours later he saw fishing boats off a rocky coast and knew he was safe. From there, he made his way to Baldonnel Airport in Dublin. His first words upon exiting the plane were "Just got in from New York. Where am I?" -- He repeated the story to the American ambassador and then to Ireland's prime minister. By the third telling -- to the Irish cabinet -- The European and American press had got wind of the story and ran wiht it. When he got to the part about misreading his compass, the cabinet ministers all laughed and Corrigan knew that things would work out. Ireland graciously sent him home without penalty. When he got back to New York, Corrigan was amazed to find out he'd become a folk hero. In the bleak days of the Great Depression, Corrigan's achievement and amusing explnation lifted people's spirits. Over a million well-wishers turned out for a ticker-tape parade in his honor ( more than had turned out to honor Charles Lindbergh after his transatlantic flight). The New York Post even ran a backward headline that read "!NAGIRROC YAW GNORW OT LIAH!" ( Hail to Wrong Way Corrigan.)