Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with the family and co-workers of UPS Captain Doug Lampe of Louisville, Kentucky and First Officer Matthew Bell of Sanford, Florida. Both men were based out of the Anchorage, Alaska pilot base. Captain Lampe and First Officer Bell were piloting a UPS 747 that crashed yesterday after taking off from Dubai.
Today, we are running a different episode of Moore Up North out of respect for UPS and the families of those lost. On Thursday, we taped a show that included a segment about the UPS pilots’ on-going struggle against management regarding their recent furlough. In May, Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge was packed with uniformed UPS pilots for their first-ever appearance on Moore Up North.
I have received hundreds of custom-made postcards from those UPS Pilots and their families thanking me for providing a state-wide forum to air their concerns. Today, I stand beside them in their sorrow.
High Flight 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 falls of air… Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, nor eer 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. -John Gillespie Magee