SlimHeader

facebook_page_plugin
× This is the forum where our students can discuss things relating to their studies or experiences they have had while studying Bob's courses. Please keep it clean, professional and of course entertaining!

I shall ask for a bi-plane

  • Colonial
  • Colonial's Avatar Topic Author

Colonial created the topic: I shall ask for a bi-plane

Gday Mr. Tait,

I've just read your poem on page 10.8 of your Aerodynamics edition. I just wanted to say that I found it to be very beautiful and I appreciate the extra finesse you so carefully incorporate into your work.

I think you should add it to your forum and I would have posted a copy here, if i had your permission.

Keep up the good job!

Colonial,
#1

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 2016
  • Thank you received: 116

bobtait replied the topic: I shall ask for a bi-plane

Colonial

I'm glad you appreciated the poem. I wrote it many years ago when I was learning to fly in a Tiger Moth at Cairns in North Queensland. Feel free to post it if you like.

Bob
#2

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Colonial
  • Colonial's Avatar Topic Author

Colonial replied the topic: I shall ask for a bi-plane

The art of the rigger has gone from the sky
The man with the plumb bob and string
Who measured his angles with confident eye
And fashioned the old wooden wing

The inverted pistons have pounded their last
Their joyous vibration has gone
And the rigging that sung in the wind as it passed
Has ended its whispering song

Oh the days when we flew by the feel of the stick
With a hazy horizon to guide
The brain of the pilot was nimble and quick
But those days have faded and died

And where is the music of fabric and wire
And where is the splash of the wind
As it lashes the shoulders and head of the flyer
Who sits with his harnesses pinned

I cannot but feel that the gains we have made
Are costing a little too dear
For the thrashing propeller with long wooden blade
Was always a pleasure to hear

So if on the day when i meet the great judge
And if I am given a choice
I shall ask for a bi-plane instead of a harp
To show Him its magical voice


Bob Tait
#3

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 1169
  • Thank you received: 3

Richard replied the topic: I shall ask for a bi-plane

Thanks Colonial. That is one of my favourites! You should also ask Bob to recite some of his dirty ditties...

Cheers,

Rich
#4

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Colonial
  • Colonial's Avatar Topic Author

Colonial replied the topic: I shall ask for a bi-plane

You're welcome Rich. I'm always glad to see passion in the work place. Maybe there will be space for one or two in the next book!
#5

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Time to create page: 0.197 seconds