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Wrongway Feldman
Wrongway in his second and final episode

Played By

Hans Conried


Wrongway Feldman
The Return of Wrongway Feldman


World War II Pilot


Wrongway Feldman was a World War I pilot, who had a reputation for going the wrong way, even bombing his own airfield, thus his nickname. Considered the most incompetent airman that ever was or at pretending to be that incompetent. He was often accompanied by his wingman, Bucky Lorenzo, who was almost as incompetent as Wrongway if not worse. He flew an old Bristol Scout biplane in the United States Army Air Corp during the war, and afterward, he acquired a second biplane known as The Spirit of the Bronx. According to Mr. Howell, Wrongway got his nick-name after getting lost to Minneapolis from Chicago; he instead landed in New Orleans. After the war, Wrongway disappeared during a flight from Chicago to New York, but he actually got lost and retired to a remote island in the South Pacific. Roughly a month after Gilligan and the Castaways became stranded on the island, they discover Wrongway still clad in his pilot's leather helmet, scarf and leather coat. They restored the Spirit of the Bronx to get it working again, but a mysterious figure started vandalizing the craft. After the men started guarding it, Wrongway mysteriously vanished, apparently abducted by someone, but Gilligan discovered it had all been faked. Terrified to get into the air again, Wrongway confessed he had been vandalizing his own plane to keep from flying, but when Gilligan offered to fly it, he started taking flying lessons from him in secret. However, at the last minute, Wrongway realized Gilligan couldn't make the trip and replaced him, leaving the island for the first time in thirty years.
Back on the main land, Wrongway finds himself an instant celebrity, but his efforts to rescue the others are complicated by the fact no one can decipher his notes. On the other hand Wrongway finds civilization much different and more progressed than he left it. People are more rude, cities are louder and more commercialized and he can't get a steak the way he likes it. Retrieving The Spirit of the Bronx out of a museum where it ended up, he flies off looking for peace and quiet and somehow ends up back on the island again. His stories of being back home only make them more desperate to be rescued. They try to get Wrongway to fly back for help, but he considers the island a paradise and doesn't want to leave the island. After a series of faked medical emergencies fail, the Castaways try to ruin paradise by over-working Wrongway, refusing him food and over-crowding him. When he feels he has finally had enough, he flies off to get away from them, inadvertently landing in the tropical paradise that is Hawaii without knowing it.
Despite his disappearance, Wrongway still stays in the minds of the Castaways. Years later, after leaving the island and returning to it, Mr. Howell makes a reference to him after discovering relics of the United States Air Corp on the island.



  • Wrongway Feldman was played by actor Hans Conried.
  • Gilligan tells Wrongway that he missed World War II, who in turn reveals he wondered what the noise was. However, later episodes and the second movie reveals the island was once used as a landing strip during World War Two, which makes one wonder how Wrongway eluded discovery during those years.
  • Once as a test pilot for Howell Industries, he set a record flight from Chicago to New Orleans - he was suppose to fly from Chicago to Minneapolis!
  • In an around the world flight, he landed on the Island and finally completed his trip thirty-three and a half years later!
  • Among his provisions was 64 bottles of scotch!
  • Unlike most later visitors to the Island, Wrongway actually alerts the world of being on a Island with the castaways; unfortunately his directions are so mixed up that the Island is located anywhere from the Bay of Naples to the Arctic Circle!
  • His World War I wingman was just as incompetent as Wrongway and shot down three British planes, shot up his own plane, and bombed an Irish pub three years after World War I was over!
  • The second time he comes back to the island, he upsets both Mr. Howell, whose New York rents are the lowest during a money making bonanza, and Ginger, whose old roommate is now a Broadway star!

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