The poem Low Flight was written as a parody to High Flight.Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
Being a low level pilot you see a lot more than you do from 30,000 feet in an airliner. You see the farmers planting their crops and in the end the harvest. I am not a farmer but they are almost 100% dependent on Mother Nature. Not enough rain, to much rain, rain at the wrong time and rain is just one factor.
You can get a lot from a map reconnaissance.
Oh, I've slipped the surly bonds of earth
And hovered out of ground effect on semi-rigid blades;
Earthward I've auto'ed and met the rising brush of non-paved terrain
And done a thousand things you would never care to
Skidded and dropped and flared
Low in the heat soaked roar.
Confined there, I've chased the earthbound traffic
And lost the race to insignificant headwinds;
Forward and up a little in ground effect
I've topped the General's hedge with drooping turns
Where never Skyhawk [Navy A-4] or even Phantom [F-4] flew.
Shaking and pulling collective,
I've lumbered The low untresspassed halls of victor airways [low altitude airways][high altitude airways start at 18,000 feet],
Put out my hand and touched a tree.