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.
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.
January 14, 1988 |
It looked like a sequel to "Revenge of the Nerds." "Faster! Pick it up!" the gawky MIT aeronautical engineering student barked at the panting athlete he had strapped into a computerized exercise contraption. While one grimaced, the other smiled slightly and punched buttons on a calculator. What looked like like torture, though, was really teamwork. The nerds and the jocks have united in this high desert town, and if all goes well, they'll achieve something neither could do alone.
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.