Warm Up Exercise, October 31 and November 1, 2018, with supplement

SHORT ESSAY:1   Explain why you think some pilots feel so passionately about the art and science of flying

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Today only, everyone may do the following supplement instead of the above warm up question, should you choose to do so.

SHORT ESSAY:   Read the poem “High Flight” by World War II fighter pilot,  John Gillespie Magee, Jr. 2   Summarize the essence of what the poet is conveying.

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.


  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view
  2.   John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922 – 1941) was born in Shanghai, China, to an English mother and an American father. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, trained as a pilot, and was sent to England to fly a Supermarine Spitfire with the 412 Fighter Squadron. After a high altitude test flight one day, John wrote his parents a letter and enclosed a poem–this one–that test flight inspired. He was killed a few months later, when his plane collided with that of another British military pilot.