John Gillespie Magee Jr
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Pilots recite WW2 High Flight poem 75 years on

For 75 years the sonnet High Flight, by Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr, has been a favourite poem of aviators the world over.

Describing the elation and freedom of flight, it was most famously quoted in January 1986, by then-US President Ronald Reagan following the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Russell Crowe also recites it in his film For The Moment.

Yet High Flight was penned in the skies above the wartime RAF base at Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales.

  • 18 Aug 2016
  • From the section Wales