Dedicated to the Memory of AmIAnnoying.com's BruceFollow Us on Twitter
Am I Annoying.com
Search Celebrities (By Last Name)
Search Collections
 Go
Advertising
In The News
 
Voting Station
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Please vote to return to collections (Voting Results will appear on Right Sidebar).
Poet
    (June 9, 1922-December 11, 1941)
    Born in Shanghai, China
    Aviator and poet
    Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (October, 1940)
    Best known poem is ‘High Flight’
    It has been suggested that ‘High Flight’ was inspired by the euphoria experienced during oxygen starvation in high-altitude flight.
    He died when he collided with an RAF plane during a training flight.
    He did not live long enough to see his poem become famous.
    He was the son of American missionaries in China.
    He joined the RCAF before the US entered WWII.
    Poet Lemn Sissay wrote of ‘High Flight,’ ‘Magee wrote this poem at an age when most of us were chasing girls or squeezing spots.’
    ’High Flight’ is the official poem of the RCAF and RAF and must be recited from memory by freshmen cadets at the US Air Force Academy.
    The first (‘I have slipped the surly bonds of earth’) and last (‘Put out my hand, and touched the face of God’) lines from ‘High Flight’ were quoted by Ronald Reagan in his tribute to the Challenger astronauts.

Credit: C. Fishel


    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 25 Votes: 56.00% Annoying
 
Annoying Collections
Site News