At the age of 31, Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field on July 17, 1938 in a modified Curtiss Robin plane. 

His survival supplies were limited with two chocolate candy bars, two boxes of fig bars, a quart of water and a map of the U.S. with a route from New York to California clearly marked out.

He spent many years trying to get permission to fly to Ireland, without success. The government told him an ocean crossing flight was “out of the question.”

Finally, he was awarded consent to fly from NY to California. His departure day was a foggy morning. Corrigan flew into the morning haze and disappeared. Twenty-eight  days later, he landed in Dublin, Ireland and instantly became a National Hero.

Hence, he was

Today’s view is a portion of a Jamaica Bay map featuring Broad Channel drawn in what I think was about 1895. Records say it was drawn in 1901 as a transportation map. My opinion is due to the fact that Beach Channel Station (lower right) on the bay, the LIRR trestle was opened in 1888, and the proposed Jamaica Bay Trolley landfill was started in 1898, then completed in 1901.The fill is not shown on this map. The Bay Trolley was never realized, and the fill became the base for the Jamaica Bay

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