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#117873 12/17/03 01:19 PM
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Google logo is in celebration of the first manned flight today. Surprise - click on the logo and up pops list of many links to Wright Brothers and related stuff.



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neat! I noticed that OneLook has also gotten into the game.




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Cool, wow--thank you! I went to the link of pictures that they actually took:
http://www.outerbanks.com/wrightbrothers/wrightlc.htm We've been to the national memorial a couple of times--the kitchen still looks just the same, though not so well-stocked as it is in their picture.


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Seems like an appropriate place to slip this in:

"High 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.




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John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Only 19 years old when his Spitfire crashed into another plane over Tangmere, England...


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Magee joined up in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was just 18 years old when he started flight training; in less than twelve months he was in England. He died on December 11, 1941, aged 19, by which time he had become a pilot officer promotion was rapid in those days, for obvious reasons.
He is buried in a special military area of a churchyard in a small village in Lincolnshire and his stone carries the first and last lines of his poem:

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth-
Put out my hand and touched the Face of God."

I find his brief story deeply affecting. I know its trite, but we - on both sides - truly lost the best and brightest of two generations during the two world wars. What might they have achieved?




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thanks, dixbey.
not trite at all. truly a tragedy what is lost...



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One of my favorites. I used it on my late USAF pilot husband's memorial card.
We had a thread about personal favorite poems a long while ago and I put this poem in. Read some nifty poetry I hadn't read before.
Perhaps it's time for another in a new thread ? Just one suggestion : if it is a looooong poem and a link exists it would be nice to use the link . Just thinkin'


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