15 Fun facts about airplanes and air travel

Here are some of the craziest facts about airplanes and air travel.

  • There are over 100,000 flights in the sky on an average, every single day.
  • Wright brothers were used to repair cycles before they made and flew an airplane.
  • Wright brothers got the idea of making an airplane from the father of aviation George Caley who made the first glider without an engine in 1799.
  • First to fly over the Atlantic Ocean were John Alcock and Arthur Brown. They flew from Canada to Ireland in 1919. They also brought mails with them which also made it the first trans-Atlantic mail flight.
  • Airplanes are getting more complex and intricate with each passing day. The average Boeing 747 has around 150–175 miles of wiring inside it.
  • Fastest manned airplane ever made was the X-15. It is an experimental plane by NASA which was rocket powered and could fly at the crazy speed of 4520 Kmph.
  • The C-5 airplane is one of the longest military aircraft. It is longer than six stories tall building. Its length is 143 feet, which is longer than even the Wright Brother’s first flight (120 feet).
  • Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different mealsto avoid problems in case of food poisoning.
  • When you're that high in the air, so it’s not the food's fault that it tastes bland.Almost 1/3 of your taste budsare numbed while flying.
  • The world’s smallest jet is the BD-5 Micro with a wingspan is 14–21 feet. It weighs just 358 pounds
  • Increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are increasing the incidents of airplane turbulence. Turbulence can occur both in clear cloudless weather as well as in bad weather. Global climate change will create more incidents of turbulence in future.
  • As per the data by Popular Mechanics, the seats at the back are safer. Their investigation found that passengers near the tail of the plane were 40 % more likely to survive a crash than those sitting in the front.
  • Contrails planes leave behind are water vapors, a thin shorter lasting tail indicates little humidity in air, while the thick and lasting tail indicates an upcoming storm.
  • Mercury is considered the greatest threat to any airplane. Even a very small amount of mercury can seriously damage aluminum which most planes are made out of.
  • English is the international language of the flight. All flight controllers and all commercial pilots are required to speak and understand English.