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Poems of Faith and Freedom

Next month, February 2012, will mark the 70th anniversary of the exhibit that helped propel John Magee’s “High Flight” to national attention. The exhibition was called “Poems of Faith and Freedom” and was put on by the Library of Congress.  The Libriarian of Congress, Archibald MacLeish, a poet himself, was responsible […]

A Journey through Space and Time

Last Friday, April 26th, 2013, I made a trip of about 250 miles, the distance between my home in North Carolina and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.    This particular journey, however, had its true origins nearly 73 years ago on an airfield in Llandow, Wales.  On a […]

Hail and Farewell

I am very sad to note the passing of David Backhouse Magee, John Gillespie Magee, Jr.’s brother.  David passed away on March 11, 2013, in White Plains, NY, after a brief illness.  David was born in Kuling, China, on July 6th, 1925, the second child of John and Faith Magee.  […]

Lost Black Sheep

During my research on John Magee, I had found out that he was a cousin to Christopher Lyman Magee.  Chris was a member of the famed WWII Black Sheep squadron, becoming an ace with nine kills. Since I have been putting together a family tree for John Magee, I wanted […]

O Canada (Part 2)

– Continued from O Canada (Part 1) – Driving from Toronto to Trenton, I got a few tantalizing glimpses of Lake Ontario.  Arriving in Trenton, I drove around the area, spotting several WWII vintage buildings.  However, it seems entirely too busy and modern here to do much in the way […]

O Canada (Part 1)

Last week I returned from spending a week in Canada.  This trip was a continuation of my journey in telling the story of John Magee.  I was also going to do a bit of scouting, finding locations where 1940-1941 Canada might be recreated.   With the exception of a short visit […]

12/11/1941 – The Day the Poet Died

Curiously enough, December 11th, 1941 was a Thursday, just like 2008.  It was cloudy in England on that day, but not cloudy enough to prevent 412 Squadron from flying. The squadron practiced formation flying above the clouds for about an hour.  On returning, Magee was part of a flight of four “letting down” […]


While I’ve been working on High Flight – The Movie, I’ve sought inspriration from many sources.  Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s movies, sometimes a wonderful letter.  I’d like to share some of what has inspired me. Websites.  There is one website in particular which is wonderful.  When you go to […]


Long ago I started this Blog, and then it languished for over a year.  Well, I decided it was high time to get it going again!  I have transferred several years worth of News entries from the High Flight Productions website.  Don’t know why… but it does kind of give […]