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The History Of Flight: From Da Vinci To The Wright Bros

The dream of flight is perhaps humanity's most coherent and fundamental dream, spanning all cultures as far as historians can see, as depicted in cave paintings and ancient myths. They weren't always positive: the Greek myth of Icarus, a courageous young man who crafted his own pair of feathers made of wax and feathers to fly like a bird, but died a terrible death when they melted because he was "too close." The sun has flown away," may be figurative, but it was again very clear: the ancient Greek attitude towards human flight.

Ancient Flight
However, not everyone was afraid to try flying for themselves. In 400 BCE, Chinese inventors Mozi and Lu Ban created the first man-made flying device in the form of a kite. Around the same time, Chinese toy manufacturers invented the bamboo-copter, originally a small toy helicopter that served little practical purpose but used rotor methods similar to modern-day copper. The ancient Chinese also discovered the basic mechanism of the hot air balloon with the invention of the floating paper lantern.