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Karnak
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posted 01-10-2000 10:43 PM     Profile for Karnak   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
High Flight

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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 untreaspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Written by a 19-year-old American volunteer with the Royal Canadian Air force, who was killed in action December 11, 1941.

Salute!

Sisu


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Karnak
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posted 01-11-2000 05:18 PM     Profile for Karnak   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Did anyone like this?

Sisu


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posted 01-11-2000 05:50 PM     Profile for Gavin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
It's a true classic of airplane poetry, Karnak. Like it? It is the pulse by which many of our Daimler Benz or Merlin beats.

Most on this board do not fly, but the few who do are envied by the rest of us. I flew once, in a glider over Cassidy Airport in Nanaimo, BC. We climbed in a thermal, and sudddenly spotted 2 Bald Eagles thermalling with us. We climbed together, the eagles maybe 10 feet from the canopy, riding the uplift from the port wing leading edge, watching us intently. It was an experience that was like a stamp on my life. I'll never forget it. Beautiful, unbelievable, perfect.

(now LANDING in a glider, that's PURE TERROR 8O!!!)

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"Only the spirit of attack, born in a brave heart, will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how highly
developed it may be." - Adolf Galland.


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Gavin
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posted 01-11-2000 05:53 PM     Profile for Gavin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
oh, great, nothing like an unrecognized emoticon to ruin a good post!

So, let's try them all,s shall we?



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8o
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Gavin
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posted 01-11-2000 05:54 PM     Profile for Gavin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
What's the one for the wide, blinking eyes?

(sorry to ruin the mood of your thread, Karnak)


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Donster
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posted 01-11-2000 08:22 PM     Profile for Donster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Gavin:
What's the one for the wide, blinking eyes?

This one: (.)(.)

HEE HEE HEE!

Donster


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