Wrong Way Corrigan Day - July 17
Mon, Jul 17, 2023

Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Wrong Way Corrigan Day is a holiday dedicated to an event that inspired millions of people to brave and somewhat reckless deeds. We are talking about a transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland, which was made by the American pilot, Douglas Corrigan. The pilot insisted the plane was on the wrong route, so the holiday was called Wrong Way Corrigan.

The History

On July 17, 1938, an event took place that was simultaneously extravagant, courageous, and amazing. American Douglas Corrigan attempted the route of Charles Lindbergh. The situation developed a little differently than he had planned. Initially, he wanted to fly from New York to Dublin, but this route was refused. Instead, he was offered a route to the west coast. In the air, the pilot made a fateful decision – he turned the plane 180 degrees and headed east. After 28 hours, he completed the flight successfully completed in Dublin.

Interesting Facts

  • Douglas Corrigan made his flight in a 1929 aircraft.
  • When he found the plane, it looked more like a pile of scrap metal, but Corrigan restored and even improved it.
  • Initially, he flew from California to New York, from where he wanted to go to Ireland, but he was advised to return to California.
  • After landing, Corrigan claimed he lost his way in the clouds and the compass malfunctioned, but the authorities revoked his pilot’s license, anyway. Later, his license was restored.
  •  Wrong Way Corrigan Day was celebrated for the first time in 1987; since then a parade has been held annually in honor of this pilot.

How to take part

Get acquainted with the inspiring story of Douglas Corrigan. Share it on social media using the hashtag #NationalWrongWayCorriganDay. There is a biographical film about these events called The Flying Irishman, filmed in 1939. Read about other pilots who have attempted transatlantic flights and visit the aviation museum; many offer exciting virtual air and even space tours in addition to the traditional tours.

When is Wrong Way Corrigan Day celebrated in 2023?

Wrong Way Corrigan Day is observed on July 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday July 17 2023
Wednesday July 17 2024
Thursday July 17 2025
Friday July 17 2026

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