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Dawn of Flight: Icarus

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Since the dawn of civilisation, man has been fascinated by the secret, the magic and mystery of flight.  If only he could fly, this would change one’s life, for he would be able to escape the troubles and cares of the world.  He would be closer to his God!

One of the memorable Greek myths reflects on both the desire to fly and the dangers that go hand in hand with it.

Daedalus, an Athenian engineer employed by King Minos of Crete, built a labyrinth to house the Minotaur; half man and half bull.

When Daedalus slipped out of favour, his King had him jailed along with his son Icarus, in the labyrinth.  Daedalus and Icarus made themselves wings out of wax and feathers, and escaped by flying off over the sea.  But their flight to freedom, quickly ended in tragedy, for Icarus failed to heed his father’s warning, not to fly too high, or too close to the sun.  It wasn’t long, before the wax in his wings started melting as he flew close to the rays of the sun, and he fell out of the sky, to certain death.

Daedalus escaped, landing in Naples, but never took to the skies again.

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