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Re: Goodbye to a friend

Thanks Mike for the poem and the words about Lars. The loss of life is never easy to accept and I am sure all on this listserve appreciate hearing about a great pilot, family man and person.  I think I can safely say all here are sorry to hear of  this tragic loss of life and feel sympathy for all  family and friends.

                                                                       Steven Sittig

                                                                        Mayo Med Air


>From: MikeShuken
>Reply-To: flightmed@flightweb.com
>To: flightmed@flightweb.com
>Subject: Goodbye to a friend
>Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 22:27:43 -0700
>Hello List;
>Today in Redding, California, we paid our final respects to Lars
>Stratte. Lars was an airtanker pilot for the California Department of
>Forestry. Last week, while attempting to extinguish a fire, Lars' plane
>(Tanker Nine-Two) collided with another airtanker. Both pilots were
>While Lars was killed fighting fires, I wanted to him to be recognized
>on this list. For many years, Lars flew EMS missions in fixed wing
>aircraft based in Northern California. He was an excellent pilot and a
>great guy.
>The service for Lars was attended by over 500 people. Especially moving
>were the poignant words spoken by Lars' son, Ian, and a missing man
>formation flown by S-2 airtanker pilots of the CDF.
>In honor of Lars, I would like to post the words to the flyer's poem
>"High Flight".
>High Flight
>By John Gillespie Magee
> Oh I have slipped the surely 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
> Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind aloft
> 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 neither lark nor eagle flew.
> And there with silent lifting mind
> I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space
> Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
>Lars Stratte loved to fly. We will miss him.
>Thank you,
>Mike Shuken
>Flightmed mailing list

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