BSAA Star Dust, 2 August 1947

Phil Howard

‘STENDEC’ – what could it possibly mean?
A desperate message sent on an Andean
Flight. Perhaps the control tower misunderstood,
Yet the word was confirmed twice in Morse Code,
The last word from an old-time aeroplane
Flown into a South American mountain –
The Jet-Stream may have caused a navigational error,
Then Star Dust flew into dirty weather –
Could it be that the radio operator
Was confused, phased by the unpressurised air?
God alone knows what he meant to say
But STENDEC was Star Dust’s opaque goodbye;
A case where the gap was an ocean-wide
Between sign and that which was signified.


Tags: , , ,

Categories: Uncategorized


Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

No comments yet.

Share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: