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(A sonnet written by John Gillespie Magee, an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He came to Britain, flew in a Spitfire squadron, and was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight from the airfield near Scopwick.)
"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.
Hovering 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."
The Hornet Ball is an annual event were of all the West coast Naval F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons, their pilots and guests are gathered in celebration. This years highlight video features 10 minutes of pure Hornet porn.
This ball is likened to a Prom for Navy Pilots and each year features a video produced by one of the squadron pilots. "Wingnut", compiled from all the squadrons' last year of flying in both combat and training missions. Armed with an arsenal of action cams he captured video shots of catapult launches, trap landings, aerobatics, dogfighting against Su-30s and Mig-29s, live firing of air-to-air missiles, Laser Guided Bombs, cluster bombs, low level flying in the desert, formation flying, and much more.
Strike Fighter Ball 2014: the new, stunning, East Coast naval F/A-18 Hornet squadrons video!
An F/A-18 pilot at NAS Oceana has produced the Strike Fighter Ball 2014, this year’s video with the most spectacular footage filmed by the East Coast Naval F/A-18C Legacy Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons. As the West Coast’s Hornet Ball 2014, East’s Strike Fighter Ball 2014 features low level flying over the Desert, catapult launches, trap landings, flybys, aerobatics, formation flying, dogfighting against F-15s, plenty of live firing of air-to-air missiles, JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions), LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) and ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared) pod clips.
The video shows also some International Space Station clips, most probably to honor NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who spent 165 aboard ISS earlier this year with Exp. 41 and was previously assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, flying the FA-18F Super Hornet. Last but not least, the Strike Fighter Ball video of the East Coast squadrons features much anti-ISIS air strike footage.