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The wild blue yonder

Posted by Smokey Stover on September 27, 2005

In Reply to: The wild blue yonder posted by Russ Cable on September 26, 2005

: : Does anyone know the origin of 'into the wild blue yonder', or sometimes 'into the wide blue yonder'. I have trawled many and various dictionaries of phrases and quotations but not found it in any. Thank you.

: Just a guess: The US Air Force Song (Off we go into the wild blue yonder...) introduced in July 1939 written by Robert Crawford.

And a terrific song it is. .. Climbing high into the sun. Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, At 'em boys, give 'er the gun... (I may have got a word or two wrong.) It ends, "Nothing will stop the Army Air Corps." The Army Air Corps (USAAC)was renamed, at Hap Arnold's suggestion, the Army Air Force (USAAF), in 1943 (?) In 1946 it became a separate branch of the military as the U.S. Air Force (USAF). SS, ESL