September 24, 2010 |
In what may well be one of the last aviation firsts, a University of Toronto graduate student has fulfilled an ancient dream that dates back at least to the Greek legend of Daedalus and Icarus — human-powered flight. In an ungainly wing-flapping craft, or ornithopter, built by students at the university, Todd Reichert made history last month by sustaining both altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds, traveling a little more than 145 yards at an average speed of about 16 mph. The flight, conducted at sunrise Aug. 2 at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham, Ontario, was witnessed by a vice president of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which certifies aviation records.
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April 2, 1988 |
High winds on Saturday forced pilot Greg Zack, 26, of Lexington, Ky., to cancel his bid for a world flight record aboard the human-powered Daedalus light aircraft. The next attempt will probably be on Monday, flight engineers said.
November 24, 1985 |
"World's Fair" is E. L. Doctorow's portrait of the artist as a young child. The author's alter-ego, Edgar Altschuler, grows into an awareness that the world stretches far beyond the protective confines of a Bronx Jewish household. It was a quieter passage than Stephen Daedalus' vehement breakout from a constricted Dublin youth, and conducted with far greater cautiousness.
September 29, 2012 |
As we slip into October, I decided to assemble my first-ever Fantasy Halloween League of the Top 13 haunted mazes at theme parks around the world. Think of the Top 13 list as a nightmare fantastic park with the most demented, disturbing and disgusting collection of haunted attractions ever gathered in one virtual place. Or my definition of a dream vacation if I had a bottomless budget and unlimited vacation time to jet around the world to the best and most bizarre haunts.
August 19, 1990 |
On April 24, 1988, a Greek athlete pedaled a super-lightweight airplane 70 miles across the Aegean Sea from Crete to Santorini in the longest human-powered flight in history. The fragile craft disintegrated at its destination and, similarly, the crew that launched it scattered like broken glass. Gary Dorsey reconstructs both for us in a narrative remarkable for its insights as well as its omissions.
March 11, 2002 |
For nearly 500 years, admirers have wondered what Leonardo da Vinci was thinking when he bestowed that unforgettable trace of a smile on Mona Lisa. It is hard to imagine an explanation stranger or more fanciful than the one David Davalos concocts in his play, "Daedalus." The curious can check out a staged reading of "Daedalus" tonight at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.