“Wrong Way” Corrigan was born in Galveston, Texas on 22 January 1907; he died at Santa Anna, California on 19 December 1995.
Corrigan, who had little formal education, began life as a construction worker. Soon becoming a pilot, he obtained work as an aviation mechanic and during WWII served as a test pilot. Following his accidently/on purpose flight to Ireland in 1935, he became nationally famous and a wealthy man. Later in life, he purchased an orange grove in California and retired there.
-- Gammon, 2007, pp. 137-138