People: Jul. 27, 1987

"All I did was get lost," says Douglas ("Wrong Way") Corrigan of the 1938 navigational blooper that earned him a place in aviation history. Leading a parade last week in Hempstead, N.Y., to mark the 50th anniversary of the nearby Cradle of Aviation Museum, the chipper Corrigan, now 80, accepted an altimeter symbolizing his famous flight. The young airplane mechanic took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York City, heading for California in his rickety Curtiss monoplane. With nothing guiding him save his taste for adventure and his temperamental compass, Corrigan landed some 28 hours later in what he thought...

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