The Magic of Flight

The Magic of Flight

20/11/2015
 

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 ever 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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Unless one has the sensitivity and creativity of a poet like John Magee, it is difficult to describe the magic of flight.  So here is a selection of photos of some of the aircraft in which I have enjoyed fun times in the sky and which I hope capture a little of this magic. 
 






Photos