“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports,” said our president yesterday of American military might during the American Revolution (or the War of 1812, it’s not quite clear).
But in praising eighteenth-century American air power he does a disservice to the long history of military aircraft. Remember how the English took the airports at Agincourt?
We few, we happy few, we band of standbys;
For he to-day that checks his carryon with me
Shall be my brother; be he center seat or nay,
Upgrades shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in exit rows now relaxed
Shall think themselves accursed they did not recline,
And hold their weird little graham cookies cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Cinnabon’s day.