John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was a nineteen-year-old American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in England when he died in an airplane crash in 1941. A few months before his death he had included this poem in a letter to his parents. It has since been widely reprinted in books and quoted in movies, and is perhaps the best-known poem related to flying in the English language.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue