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Chuck_norris10 #1 Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:31 PM

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This is for my mom who some of the old timers remember was a pilot from back when I played a lot and posted some pics of her and her plane.

She passed away this morning and this poem seemed fitting.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153748771765613&type=1&l=a77d570218

 

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 ever 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.​
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

 

 


 

Chuck_norris10 #2 Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:41 PM

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She taught many gals to become pilots and taught ground school for air cadets back when gals usually didnt think of flying.

 

 


 

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Sympathies and condolences chuck :honoring:

 

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Chuck_norris10 #5 Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:48 PM

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View PostBubba_Zanetti, on 01 May 2018 - 04:42 PM, said:

Sympathies and condolences chuck :honoring:

 

Thanks Bubba,When I was 16 she used to haul me on night flights from B.C. to SK to see her family because she was not a big gal and needed a pillow to see over the dash and she needed some arm and leg power. She was licence'd for instrument only and some of the airports we landed at to get fuel were abandoned military bases that ran on the honour system for payment and your flight plan. 

 

 


 

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Sincerest condolences Chuck  :honoring:


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wscarter007 #7 Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:27 AM

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My condolences, sorry to hear. 



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Sorry to hear about Mom, Chuck.  I remember reading about her in post during the early days.  I found it oddly funny how dads pass that aviation gene onto their sons, but rarely do you hear of moms being the aviators.  Very cool.  I'm glad you have and share those memories.

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Ace_BOTlistic_Cosmo #11 Posted 02 May 2018 - 01:49 PM

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Wishing you and your family condolences Chuck.

It always sounded like she was a very special person...

You were lucky to have her.

 


if the pilot's good, see, I mean, if he's really..sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low [he spreads his arms like wings and laughs],

you oughtta see it sometime, it's a sight. A big plane like a '52. VRROOM! There's jet exhaust, fryin' chickens in the barnyard.


mnbv_fockewulfe #12 Posted 02 May 2018 - 04:00 PM

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You have a beautiful mother Chuck. I hope she's in heaven smiling down on you waiting to fly with you at the highest altitude possible. You and your family have my prayers.

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Condolences and thank you for trusting and valuing us enough to share.

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I checked into the forum for a hoot and came across your post. I have always found you both in game and on the forums to be an honorable and honest man. These qualities do not appear out of a vacuum. They are bestowed upon you from people who valued them enough to pass them on. I need only know your quality, to appreciate hers.


 


Chuck_norris10 #15 Posted 03 May 2018 - 04:26 AM

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Thanks everyone.

She was the perfect mom for a 16 year old as she would bribe my friends into going to spend sunday waxing her piper cherokee for a ride.

Mom claimed she could get 5 mph more with a shiny plane and volunteers were never hard to find.When 4 of us all got into that tiny little cessna and started down the short dirt runway mom would say "everyone lean forward" and we never knew if she was serious or not,we never asked but just leaned and hoped to clear the trees at the end of the runway.

Divorced in her early 30,s her boyfriend was a pilot an instructor and that's where she got the bug.

She flew many years and became a commercial pilot as well as instructor and then her boyfriend was killed while training someone in canyon turns after a malfunction on the plane and she never ever flew again.

She trained many gals in a time when gals were supposed to stay at home and she taught many air cadets ground school for years and produced a lot of good female pilots.

 


 

 


 

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My condolences. But wow... your mother sounds like she was quite an incredible person, 'tis a shame to lose somebody like her. It's always fascinating to hear stories from the past, there's always something you can take away from them.

 


I do fly Chinese aircraft a fair amount so... *ahem*

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View PostChuck_norris10, on 01 May 2018 - 06:31 PM, said:

This is for my mom who some of the old timers remember was a pilot from back when I played a lot and posted some pics of her and her plane.

She passed away this morning and this poem seemed fitting.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153748771765613&type=1&l=a77d570218

 

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 ever 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.​
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

 

My condolences to you, Chuck.  Your mother sounds like a special person, both talented and a giver.  The world never has enough of people like her.

I read High Flight at my father's funeral, being the eldest brother.  He was career R.C.A.F.  The Air Force was my second family....


Edited by Deltavee, 24 June 2018 - 07:28 AM.

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