Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Flying high


  1. The Harrier; a marvel of fine British engineering. They built a VTOL fighter after the U.S., Russia, and Germany had all tried and failed.

    1. 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