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Ferg Norton

Retired Rear Admiral and US Navy fighter pilot, Ferg Norton, Executive Director Admiral Norton will act as North Carolina Ambassador, home of the famous First Flight. North Carolina First Flight Centennial Foundation. The following snippet was taken from an article about Ferg Norton in the Metro.

The Wright Stuff

Fighter pilot and retired Rear Admiral Ferguson Norton applies skills to Centennial of Flight.

Mention to a flyer, aviator, pilot or fighter jockey the poem “High Flight” and chances are they will begin to recite it by memory. John Gillespie Magee Jr., a young American volunteer fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, wrote in 1941:

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 wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

L. Ferguson Norton, retired Rear Admiral and fighter pilot in the US Navy, knows “High Flight.” These days, Norton is best known as the executive director of the First Flight Centennial Foundation. He’s been among the key people preparing the world for the 100th anniversary in December of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight at Wright Brothers National Memorial on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Read the complete article from Metro online at: http://www.metronc.com/issues/issue11_03/Profile/profile.html