CORRIGAN, DOUGLAS “WRONG WAY.” (1907-1995). American aviator best known for his unauthorized transatlantic flight in 1938. ALS. (“Douglas Corrigan”). 2pp. 8vo. N.p., July 8, 1946. To Ernie. Accompanied by a black-and-white SP of Corrigan looking out of his airplane’s window, waving and smiling. (“Douglas Corrigan ‘Wrong Way’”). 12mo. [San Diego], July 8, 1946.
“Glad to hear from you and hope you get along first rate.
The photo enclosed was taken in San Diego Calif. In 1938 and is the Robin NX9243 that took me the Wrong Way to Ireland. Best wishes…”
An early interest in aviation led Corrigan to a job at Ryan Aeronautical Company where he helped construct Charles Lindbergh’s record-setting airplane The Spirit of St. Louis. Inspired by Lindbergh, Corrigan set out to duplicate the famed aviator’s feat, taking work as a flight instructor, aircraft mechanic and barnstorming while honing his skills as a pilot.