Lincoln Beachey – A Jump Rope Rhyme about a Pilot

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There’s a jump rope rhyme about Lincoln Beachey (1887 – 1915) one of the earliest aviators.  He was the first to do many stunts while flying… until one fateful day in 1915 when his plane lost its wings while flying upside-down.  He ended up landing in the San Francisco Bay and drowning. 

Children soon started singing this jump-rope rhyme to commemorate him.  Some kids still jump rope to it…

Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream
To go up to Heaven in a flying machine.
The machine broke down and down he fell.
Instead of going to Heaven he went to…

Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream
To go up to Heaven in a flying machine.
The machine broke down and down he fell.
Instead of going to Heaven he went to…

Ad infinitum

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Photo: Beachey doing a loop above San Francisco around 1914

Beachey was so popular in his day that even Carl Sandburg wrote a poem about him……

TO BEACHEY, 1912

RIDING against the east,
A veering, steady shadow
Purrs the motor-call
Of the man-bird
Ready with the death-laughter
In his throat
And in his heart always
The love of the big blue beyond.

Only a man,
A far fleck of shadow on the east
Sitting at ease
With his hands on a wheel
And around him the large gray wings.
Hold him, great soft wings,
Keep and deal kindly, O wings,
With the cool, calm shadow at the wheel.
Check out Radiolab's Podcast about Lincoln Beachey to learn more.

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