Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One last goodbye to our friend, Newel Nelson


Although Newel doesn't need an airplane to fly now, "High Flight" that was on the back of Newel's printed funeral program describes how pilots feel. The few times I was in our Cessna 206 airplane with both Newel and Walt, it was amazing to hear them banter back and forth and to see the skill with which they each handled the controls of the plane. They were truly kindred spirit pilots...
So, Newel,when the time comes, please be okay with Walt wanting "High Flight" also printed on his funeral program. Walt told me it was a C-46 that Newel flew in WWII, which is pictured above.

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 windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew,
And, while with silent uplifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God!
--by Pilot Office John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

13 comments:

Janiece said...

I pray that you will feel comfort right now.
It is hard to loose a close friend.
But, our testimonies are made stronger from these experiences.

Jogusboy said...

Fly away to a better place, Brother Nelson!

How great to know that this isn't the end.

Julie said...

I love you two.

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