Along time ago in ancient Greece
there lived a famous mechanic by the name of Deadalus. On a visit to
the island of Crete the king of the island King Minos became very upset with
him and ordered him locked up in a tower that faced the sea. Daedalus
managed to escape from this tower with the help of his son Icarus only to be
caught and imprisoned once again! Several times he tried to bribe
himself onto a vessel and escape but every time he failed, as King Minos had a strict
edict for all ships to be carefully searched upon departing from the island
spirit however could not be subdued and the genius artist said to his son,
"The King may control the land and the sea yet he does not control the
sky, we must escape from the sky!" Deadalus told his son to
collect all the gulls feathers he could find from the beaches around Crete
and bring them to him. Deadalus then melted wax forming the skeleton of a
bird's wings to which he would attach the feathers. He then took all the feathers tying the large
the skeletal structure, and pressing the small one's into the wings.
Deadalus had completed the wings he placed them on his back and oh to his
surprise! Deadalus rose high above the ground and as he flapped his
wings he soared through the heavens. Deadalus then quickly made
another set of wings, smaller then his own for his son. His son's
wings though smaller were constructed far better and appeared more elegant,
they were fitting for the son that he so dearly loved.
a clear day Deadalus decided it was time to teach is son how to fly.
He told the boy to mimic the birds in their actions, to be graceful and to
not beat the wings to heavily. As Icarus put on the wings he sailed
far out above the sea flying up high and then diving low above the sea like
a child with a new toy.
his son with concern as he knew that the wings were far from a toy. He
called on his son and as his son returned he told him, "Son, it is time for
us to attempt our escape, you must stay by side, never venturing far away,
as if you fly to low your wings will become damp from the fog, if you fly to
high the wax on the wings will melt from the sun." Icarus smiled
at his father and told him that there was no reason for him to worry.