By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
(A sonnet written by John Gillespie Magee, an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He came to Britain, flew in a Spitfire squadron, and was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight from the airfield near Scopwick.)
(Portions Of This Lovely Poem Appear On The Headstones
Of Many Interred In Arlington National Cemetery,
Patricularly Aviators And Astronauts)
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.
Hovering 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.
Our third grade Young Eagles got to go up into the control tower, followed by learning a bit about how planes fly.
Go, Young Eagles!
A gigantic thank you to our faithful and generous Young Eagles pilot, Braxton Freeman, air traffic manager at Lebanon Airport. He helped these young scholars to fly with the eagles today!
Our wonderful Quechee neighbor, Braxton Freeman, came to present the third grade Young Eagles with their log books and flight certificates this week. Have you checked out the World’s Largest Logbook to see our Young Eagles’ flights on his Piper Cherokee Warrior listed there?
Is there any other day as wonderful as Young Eagles day?
Learning all about airplanes and how they fly.
Our four Young Eagles!
Thank you to our top-notch pilot, Braxton Freeman!
Memory Lane: Here is a photo of one of my first class of Young Eagles, the one that got it all started when he told me he wished to be a pilot. His caption said, “Today I had the privilege of soloing a T-53. It was an experience like no other and the joy of being up there with no one but God and my thoughts, is beyond compare. I can’t wait to see what further adventures He has planned for me.”
So here is one Young Eagle thirteen years later!
Young Eagle Flight Rally!
For all young people ages 8 through 17, the EAA offers a free flight to inspire you to reach for your dreams. While they only technically offer one flight per person, they will often let a child take additional flights at these open days. One of our wonderful pilots, Braxton Freeman, says that the Lebanon day is planning to have a helicopter as one of the opportunities again this year.
*July 19th from 10-3 at the Lebanon Airport
(This year’s first and second graders waving to the third grade Young Eagles as they passed over MVCS!)
This is our eighth year of participation in the Young Eagles program!
Find out more about Young Eagles.
The fourth graders will have the opportunity to fly this spring, but Saturday my “old” students gathered together at the airfield in Newport to experience their flight and to have a DES mini-reunion. Despite the wind and clouds, it was a glorious day to me, for I just love being with my students and their families.
I hope the DES fifth graders will continue to reach for their dreams!
To the 2006-2007 fourth graders and their families:
After input from parents and the pilots, the Young Eagles flight has been set up for the fall. We will plan to take the fourth and the fifth graders together in October.
If you are moving or unable to participate in the fall, Young Eagles offers a free flight once to every child between 8 and 17. You can set up a flight on your own by going to the Young Eagles website and following the directions there. There are participating pilots all over the United States.
I’m looking forward to your day to fly! Wait until you see the foliage from up above–wow!