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Bird Men – First Attempt

Bird Men - First Attempt - Flying HistoryMan has long wanted to fly. He envied the birds and restlessly seeks progress, he even made himself wings and tried to fly. The ancient Greek legend of Daedalus and his son Icarus was the earliest record of man’s desire to fly and conquer the sky.

Daedalus was an inventor and when he and his son Icarus were put in prison in Crete, he made two pair of wings from feathers and wax. Just before they set off, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too low for his wings might touch the waves and get wet, and not too high for the sun might melt the wax that holds the feathers. They flew out of prison and Daedalus made a safe landing in Sicily. But Icarus, boyishly playing about, flew too high so that the sun melted the wax which held his wings together, and he fell into the sea.

That is the myth. In reality, countless attempts were made to fly. Men studied birds, constructed wings, strapped them to their arms and legs and bravely, leapt-off towers and hill-tops. They flapped their wings so hard, but they always failed to fly. They did not realize that birds have much stronger muscles, in proportion to their size, than human beings.

The secret of flying lie in discovering the right kind of power and how to use it, and not in making wings.

For what it’s worth, the bird men bold attempts, has its moments in history of flying.

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