Some Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About The Airplane
The shape of the plane is designed to cut through air. If the nose was flat, it would be very difficult to cut through air.
If there were no windows in the plane, you wouldn’t be able to see outside. This helps pilots get a better view of the environment around them.
Pilots need some way to communicate with their colleagues on the ground. They use radios for this purpose. It is important for pilots to know the weather conditions at all times so that they can land safely.
Planes have wheels on them because they need some way to move when they land or take off. It would be very difficult for an airplane without wheels to stay on the ground while landing and taking off.
Planes also have wings which help them fly through air more smoothly. Without wings, an airplane would be unable to fly very high up in the sky because there is not enough space between its body and the ground below it!
Ever since the Wright Brothers took to flight in 1903, mankind has dreamt of travelling the world in something that could conquer the skies. From mere contraptions that could barely stay up for more than a few seconds, airplanes have turned into flying giants that can travel vast distances in short periods of time.
Here are some facts that you didn’t know about airplanes:
Airplanes are 60% cheaper to build today than they were 30 years ago.
Airplanes have become more fuel efficient. A Boeing 747 can fly on just four gallons of fuel per mile.
The Wright Brother’s first plane could only run for a minute and stay 4 feet off the ground. Today, Boeing’s largest plane can fly for 15 hours straight and stay 65,000 feet above the ground.
Most commercial planes can fit into any airport. Airport gates are built according to the size of a Boeing 747-400 as it is one of the largest planes in service today.
Aeroplanes are a lot quieter now than they were ten years ago. Cockpit noise has been reduced by 75%.
It only takes 15 minutes to refuel an airplane at an airport.
Planes are always fueled before departure as it is cheaper to do so at the airport
The Wright brothers made the first flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and traveled 120 feet.
When Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, he carried a rubber life raft.
The Concorde was the first commercial airplane to break the sound barrier on January 1, 1976.
The cockpit of an airplane is called the “flight deck”.
The highest altitude reached by a bird was achieved by Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture. This bird flew to an altitude of 37,000 feet in South Africa.
The first solo non-stop transatlantic flight was made by Charles Lindburgh in 1927.
The 747 is the most popular commercial airplane ever produced with over 1500 units built between 1969 and 1991. There are over 500 747s still in service today. On average, there are twenty 747s airborne at any given moment around the world. There are approximately 16,000 flights everyday on 747 airplanes worldwide.
Approximately 1 out of every 11,000 flights experience engine failure on takeoff or landing.
On average, passengers spend 2 hours and 50 minutes in the air on a commercial airline flight (nonstop).
The airplane is the most efficient form of transportation in history. In terms of energy consumed per passenger-mile, it’s more than 600 times more efficient than the automobile.
Planes don’t fly because the wings create lift — they fly because the wings create weight. The plane tips forward and the air pushes up underneath it to counteract gravity.
The Wright brothers didn’t just invent the airplane; they also invented the assembly line. They used a production-line system to manufacture their airplanes faster and more efficiently than anyone before them.
The first female passenger on a plane was actually a St. Bernard dog named “Jetty” who flew with French pilot Maurice Guillaux in July 1913.
The Wright Brothers invented the airplane. That much is common knowledge. But here are some things that aren’t:
-The airplane has been around for over one hundred years.
-The airplane did not take off until 1903.
-The Wright Brothers made their own propellers.
-The first flight of the airplane lasted 12 seconds and flew 120 feet.
-At its highest, the airplane flew 10 feet above the ground.
-The only people to see the first launch were two brothers and their father.
-Orville Wright was at the controls for the first flight of an airplane.
The first air flight took place in 1783. It was made by a hot air balloon or Montgolfier balloon, which was invented by the brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier. The balloon traveled for 10 minutes and covered 2 miles (3 km).
The Wright brothers were the first to invent an airplane that could be controlled while flying. It was based on a glider they had built two years earlier. On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted their powered airplane over a distance of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds.
The world’s longest nonstop flight took place on January 23, 1989. A Boeing 747 flew from London Gatwick to Sydney, Australia and back. The flight lasted 20 hours and 9 minutes.
The world’s longest nonstop commercial flight takes off from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, United States. The total distance covered is 15,324 kilometers (9,534 mi) and is flown by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.