Air Force F4 Tech Supplement to High Flight

HIGH FLIGHT

Air Force Supplement 1

OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH
(Surly bond slipping will be performed only by two ship IP-led flights)

AND DANCED THE SKIES ON LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS;
(Dancing the skies will be performed on the wing only)

SUNWARD I’VE CLIMBED,
(Aircraft cleared sunward will climb within the horizontal boundaries of their assigned air space)

AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH
(when joining the tumbling mirth apply techniques outlined in 55-4, “Rejoins.”)

OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS      

(Aircraft may disregard use of position lights when entering clouds believed to be sun-split.)

–AND DONE A HUNDRED THINGS

YOU HAVE NOT DREAMED OF — WHEELED AND SOARED AND SWUNG
(When wheeling and swinging are combined in one maneuver, 4.1 symmetrical G’s will be kept on the aircraft)

HIGH IN SUNLIT SILENCE.
(High in sunlit silence is defined as that airspace above Fight Level (FL) 290 from 1 hour before official sunrise to 1 hour after official sunset.)

HOVERING THERE, I’VE CHASED THE SHOUTING WIND ALONG,
(Chasing the shouting wind along is restricted to weather ships with specific DO approval.)

AND FLUNG (Aircraft will be flung subsonic only.)

MY EAGER CRAFT THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR. UP,UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS, BURNING BLUE
(Should either crewmember experience delirium while in the burning blue, proceed with emergency oxygen procedures.)

I’VE TOPPED THE WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS
(If windswept heights cannot be topped prior to reaching the area gate advise center.)

WITH EASY GRACE; WHERE NEVER LARK, OR EVEN EAGLE FLEW,
(When larks and eagles are flying the SOF will coordinate with RAPCON to insure adequate separation and that bird strike plan is implemented.)

AND, WHILE WITH SILENT, LIFTING MIND I’VE TROD THE HIGH UNTRESPASSED SANCTITY OF SPACE.
(Nothing prevents VFR civil or military aircraft from transiting the high untresspassed sanctity of space under visual flight rules.)

PUT OUT MY HAND, AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD.
(Crewmembers will not sacrifice aircraft control or exceed canopy operating limitations attempting to touch God’s face.)

–author unknown, I got the copy of this about 1974 while assigned to the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB Alaska.

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About jenorv

John E. Norvell is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and former Assistant Professor of American and Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has written freelance for the Washington Post, the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, and for several newspapers around the country.
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