From: email@example.com (Paul Tomblin)
Subject: Re: High Flight
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 1996 03:47:05 GMT
In a previous article, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mary Shafer) said:
>Kevin O. Martin (email@example.com) wrote:
>: I'm a retired Navy pilot (A-4's, A-7's) and a high school student
>: recently asked me about the author of the poem "High Flight". I seem
>: to remember that John G. Magee, Jr. was shot sown and KIA as a member
>: of the RAF in WWII, and the poem was discovered in his personal
>Magee was a Canadian, rather than a Briton, flying with the RAF.
>Try the FAQ (I usually look in rec.answers) for more information about
The poem itself is in the FAQ. But not the FAA annotated version.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth(1),
And danced(2) the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed(3) and joined the tumbling mirth(4)
Of sun-split clouds(5) and done a hundred things(6)
You have not dreamed of -- Wheeled and soared and swung(7)
High in the sunlit silence(8). Hov'ring there(9)
I've chased the shouting wind(10) along and flung(11)
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious(12), burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights(13) with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle(14) flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space(15),
Put out my hand(16), and touched the face of God.
(from John Gillespie Magee Jr., "High Flight")
FAA SUPPLEMENT to "High Flight"
1. Pilots must insure that all surly bonds have been slipped entirely
before aircraft taxi or flight is attempted.
2. During periods of severe sky dancing, crew and passengers must keep
seatbelts fastened. Crew should wear shoulderbelts as provided.
3. Sunward climbs must not exceed the maximum permitted aircraft ceiling.
4. Passenger aircraft are prohibited from joining the tumbling mirth.
5. Pilots flying through sun-split clouds under VFR conditions must comply
with all applicable minimum clearances.
6. Do not perform these hundred things in front of Federal Aviation
7. Wheeling, soaring, and swinging will not be attempted except in aircraft
rated for such activities and within utility class weight limits.
8. Be advised that sunlit silence will occur only when a major engine
malfunction has occurred.
9. "Hov'ring there" will constitute a highly reliable signal that a flight
emergency is imminent.
10. Forecasts of shouting winds are available from the local FSS. Encounters
with unexpected shouting winds should be reported by pilots.
11. Pilots flinging eager craft through footless halls of air are reminded
that they alone are responsible for maintaining separation from other
12. Should any crewmember or passenger experience delirium while in the
burning blue, submit an irregularity report upon flight termination.
13. Windswept heights will be topped by a minimum of 1,000 feet to maintain
VFR minimum separations.
14. Aircraft engine ingestion of, or impact with, larks or eagles should be
reported to the FAA and the appropriate aircraft maintenance facility.
15. Aircraft operating in the high untresspassed sanctity of space must remain
in IFR flight regardless of meteorlogical conditions and visibility.
16. Pilots and passengers are reminded that opening doors or windows in order
to touch the face of God may result in loss of cabin pressure.
(I've modified it a bit from the one Kathy Rages (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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