Posted by: Democratic Thinker | August 15, 2016

National Aviation Day—August 19

National Aviation Day.
August 19.

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Wright Flier—First Flight.

Wright Flier—First Flight.

 

High Flight.

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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.



High Flight

 

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Army Air Corps—Alvino Rey Orchestra

 

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Come Josephine In My Flying Machine Sheet Music—Smithsonian.

Sheet music courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.


 


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