National Aviation Day.
Wright Flier—First Flight.
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.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Army Air Corps—Alvino Rey Orchestra
Sheet music courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.
—Blanche Ring, vocalist (1910)
Other related posts:
- ☞ Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
- ☞ Experimental Aircraft Association.
- ☞ National Air and Space Museum.
- ☞ The Ninety-Nines.
- ☞ Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina.