As Daedalus was, occording to mythology, the first man to fly, his name has been linked to flying organizations around the world. Some early aerodromes in Britain were named after him, most notably RNAS Daedalus at Cranwell in Lincolnshire, which evolved to become the Royal Air Force College. The largest Officers' Mess in the Royal Air Force, located on the site of one of the old airship huts, is entitled Daedalus Officers' Mess, and preserves the link with both the legend and history of the name Daedalus.

Needless to say, his erstwhile and unfortunate son Icarus (the first man to suffer an air proximity accident - with the Sun) is not such a popular choice for Air Forces, since he died out of his own ignorance.