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Writing credits: John Nowak

Written: 1998 (educated guess based on the story having been nominated for Plato Awards)

First released:

Title reference: Icarus, son of Daedalus from the Greek mythology

Part of series: Second Nowakverse story, preceded by Under the Bridge and followed by Sovereign.

Length: 34,035 words, 22 chapters

Rating: PG-13 (Gyrotank: PG-13 with some very suggestive situations, dialogs and jokes bordering on R)


Geegaw Hackwrench, a test pilot for Ultra-Flight and Gadget's father, died in a plane crash. It's reason was never determined without doubt, being attributed to either engine failure or pilot error. Now, many years after, the investigation is opened again, with both the Rangers and Widget on the case.

Important Characters


The Rescue Rangers

Geegaw Hackwrench



Widget Hackwrench

Kapitänleutnant Jürgen

Dr. Skinner





The Ranger Wing

The Ranger Skate





Ultra-Flight Laboratories featured here are indeed mentioned in the show, in To the Rescue (Part 3), when Gadget shows Screaming Eagle to other 'Rescue Rangers to be' and says "lt was an experimental model from the Ultra-Flight Laboratories..." It is left unknown whether she means human company producing model planes or rodent enterprise.

Chip has a dream in which the Rangers have a number of craft named "Rangerbird 1" through "5", modeled after those used by the Thunderbirds. They do have similar vehicles in PensacolaRanger's fanfic Rangerbirds are GO! This becomes less of a surprise when its sequel Pensacola Rangers crosses over with the Nowakverse.

External Links

Icarus at the RRDatabase

Russian translation of Icarus by Gyrotank at the Russian CDRR Portal (web-page)

Russian translation of Icarus by Gyrotank at the Russian CDRR Headquarters (.zip archive file with .pdf, 776 KB)