Flight of Icarus

Icarus: The myth

Icarus’s father Daedalus, a talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, a clew (or ball of string) in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.

Dedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before taking off from the island, warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos

Broad, Phil, Last Flight of the Icarus

A 60 Minutes television episode titled “Ever Since Icarus” (airdate August 31, 1975 on CBS) addressed the renaissance of human flying with hang gliders. A still photo from the episode’s shoot scene with Mike Wallace is on page 68 of the book ’60 Minutes’: 25 Years of Television’s Finest Hour (1993) by Frank Coffey.

Frank Frazetta The Flight of Icarus

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