By Akerele Christabel 10:22 pm PST

The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun is the popular story we were told to teach us about arrogance. The ancient Greek myth of master craftsman Daedalus and his son Icarus, who did not heed the warnings of this father. Icarus and his father had both been held captive for a long time by a king. During this time, Daedalus had found a way to create powerful wings from feathers and wax. Once complete, both characters took flight with their wings. Daedalus had warned Icarus beforehand not to fly too close to the sun less the heat melts his wax. Nonetheless, the apprentice became conceited and met an early end.

Like Daedalus, man has always housed the thought of exploring the open heavens, of moving through the clouds and breaking free from our limitations. History reveals to us that even though this thought might have been as ancient as the myth itself, no real progress was really made in this regard until the Wright brothers took their first fight in 1903. A recent discovery, however, begs to differ.

Over the last two decades, explorers, Egyptologists and researchers have unraveled proof that ancient civilizations might have advanced in the concept of modern flight long before the Wright brothers (or even the Chinese) attempted the venture.

In 1965, a group of explorers discovered some brooches that are believed to have been crafted by the Quimbaya tribe who lived in the deep forests of Colombia, South America almost a thousand years ago. These gold and copper alloy brooches were first thought to be mere replications of winged creatures. However, on further inspection, they began to discover that the features of these pieces mimicked the appearance of modern airplanes. The position and the shape of the wings, the presence of ailerons, all these features do not point to anything that exist in nature but are features of modern-day aircraft.

Furthermore, some years ago, a controversial discovery was made in the temple of Osiris in Egypt. Egyptologist Dr Ruth Hoover one day stumbled across a 2000-year-old heliographic that seemed to depict the technology we now have. Some of the symbols clearly depict the shape of modern transportation vessels – boats, submarines, helicopters and even airplanes.

This has questioned all Egyptologists thought they knew about ancient Egypt.

For many years, there were only two explanations for this discovery, both of which happen to be outrageously highly unlikely.

The first is a popular belief amongst conspiracy theorists and many religious sects. It is the notion that thousands of years ago, the occupants of ancient Egypt were visited by aliens or time travelers whose vessels happened to bear the shape of modern-day helicopters, boats, submarines, and glider jets.

The second hypothesis explains that it might be that our human minds are merely transferring the ideas of modern objects into our environment to these ‘symbols.’ This is highly unlikely considering the astute semblance of these carvings and drawings.

Since her discovery, Dr Ruth Hoover has become transfixed on unravelling the possible mysteries that these discoveries bear.

So far, she claims to have been able to decode the meaning of some of these symbols and concludes that an especially important part of the message it was trying to communicate was the number 9. Ancient Egypt associated the number 9 with the planet Mars. This discovery has sparked may notions that seem just as outrageous a the ones mentioned above. Are we from Mars? Has man ever had contact with that planet? Has man ever attempted to go to Mars, or were the aliens from mars? Is Mars man’s eventual home?

Another important discovery is from one hundred years ago, in the oldest known pyramid in Egypt. The Saqqara Bird.

For many years, the Saqqara Bird was thought of as just symbol, toy, or parting gift in the mass burial ground in Egypt. Simon Sanderson, however, believes there is more to the story.

Through a series of experiments, Mr. Sanderson, a model maker, has been able to prove beyond any doubt that the Saqqara Bird could have flown thousands of years ago.

This appears to be the first of many steps towards aerodynamics.

Ancient Egypt possessed vast and surprisingly accurate expertise in other areas such as medicine, could the ancient Egyptians really have possessed the tech of flight as far back as two thousand years ago?

As man’s journey to the future takes him deeper into the past, one must ask the question, is modern man flying too close to the sun?