History of Flight

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   A brief history of flight.  Mythology  – 2 Greek Myths There are several myths around the  world dealing with the notion of flight. Daedalus and Icarus – Greek myth that notes how the inventor Daedalus flew to Naples with  wings made of wax and feathers. His son Icarus flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when the  wax melted. Pegasus –  A winged horse that Bellerophon, the king of Corinth, flew to fight the three headed Chimera.  Alexander the Great – It was said he tied 4 Griffons to a basket and used them to fly around his vast realm.  Early Experiments  The Chinese are credited with some of the earliest contributions to flight with the invention of the kite (around 400 B.C.)  Hero of Alexandria (Ancient Greek engineer) invented a device known as the Aeoliphile. Using steam he invented a device that could create sustained, rotational thrust. At the time this had few applications.  For centuries humans tried to attain flight by building  wings and mimicking birds. Our muscles were not sufficient and our bodies ill designed for the task.  Hero’s Aeoliphile
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