High flight

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Thursday 4th February

Today would have been my father’s eighty fourth birthday.
He succumbed to pancreatic cancer in October 2009.
He was a fighter pilot and flew many different aircraft, all over the world.

The poem, High Flight, by John Gillespie Magee, an American, serving with the RCAF, flying spitfires in WWII, seems a very apt and appropriate tribute to my father.

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My father, flying the lightning in the foreground, for 56 squadron

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My father visiting the Canadian RAF, in front of a starfighter

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My father bringing the fleeing Shah of Persia to England in an English Electric Lightning

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My father, in front of his F4 phantom

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Phantoms, 43 squadron in formation

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My father, in his phantom, shadowing a Russian 'bear'

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My father with members of the Blue Angels aerobatic team

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My father, teaching Prince Charles to fly the phantom

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56 squadron in Cyprus. My father exiting his lightning

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My father, on board his yacht Rum Raisin

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Hank n Frank, Tobago, 2002

In the last picture, here you are with your grandfather Hank.
(He disliked the names of Dad, Daddy, Father, Grandfather; so everyone called him Hank.)
We had so many wonderful sailing adventures with him on board his yachts.

Give each other a hug.

Miss you, my Angel father, Hank.
Love you, my Angel son, Frank.

Flying high together.

xxx xxx

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38 responses »

  1. Wow! So that’s where you get your courage and strength from… Amazing photos – some of the best I’ve seen in ages. I’m sure Hank is taking good care of Frank and vice versa. I found this such a beautiful post.

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