Science: On The Wings of Mythology

Once again a Greek flies from Crete under his own power

The plane was formed of space-age plastics, but its mission was inspired by ancient legend. The goal: to see whether man could fly under his own power across 74 miles of Aegean waters, much as a mythological Greek named Daedalus once escaped his island prison on Crete by fashioning wax and feathers into wings and soaring to freedom. Last week, in a historic attempt to re-create that flight, a team led by engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in bringing the myth back to life. For an arduous 3 hr. 54 min., Kanellos Kanellopoulos, 31, Greek Olympic cyclist and...

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