Humans seem to have been obsessed by the idea of flight for millennia. In fact, most ancient civilizations´ mythologies include legends about some flying beasts or even human figures equipped with wings. One of the best known stories is that of Icarus and his father Daedalus, who created wings from feathers and wax to escape from the Greek island of Crete. While this story is just a legend that can hardly be based on an actual event, a number of real attempts to fly have been made and recorded over the past centuries. The earliest flying machines were mostly bird-like wings made from various materials, stiffened cloaks and other devices designed to fly by jumping off a tower, hill or cliff. However, as physical issues of lift, stability, and control were poorly understood back then, most of those attempts ended in serious injuries or deaths. Despite the enormous danger and extremely high rate of tragic accidents, people driven by the strong desire to fly have been coming up with more and more sophisticated flying machines designs. To show you some of the best pieces, we have compiled this list with 25 Greatest Flying Machines Ever Created. From the earliest flying machines such as bamboo-copters and ornithopters to high-tech jet airliners and spacecraft, here are 25 Greatest Flying Machines Ever Created.