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"High Flight" 75 years on.
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:39:05 AM »
Probably one of the best and most famous aviation poems to be written during and about WW2.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-37095501


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee Jr.
"He who dares, wins!"

 

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