From Icarus on, famous flyers have usually been less than 30 years of age —famous pilots, that is. But it must be remembered that it was an older man, Daedalus, an engineer and a sculptor, who designed the Icarian monoplane and successfully flew it from Crete to Italy.

This incident in the early history of flying is recalled by the recent feat of Major General Mason M. Patrick. General Patrick, who had been transferred from the Engineers Corps to the Air Service only two years earlier, is 60...

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