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...