Did you know that only 20% of the world’s population has ever flown on a plane?
If you’re getting ready to hop on board a flight, that means you’re experiencing something that 80% of people on the planet have not.
And that’s just one of the many interesting aviation facts. The world of flying is full of fun bits of trivia.
Here are five more:
The 1903 Wright Flyer Went to the Moon
The Wright’s first successful airplane – the 1903 Wright Flyer – achieved a milestone when it embarked on four brief flights. One flight lasted a whopping 59 seconds and reached an altitude of 852 feet.
The Wright brothers were never able to take it on its final flight though. Unable to withstand the forces of weather, a heavy wind flipped it several times and caused so much damage, it was never able to fly again.
But it did get a chance to go to the moon.
More specifically, parts of it went to the moon. An astronaut who wished to pay homage to the Wright brothers carried a swatch of fabric and a piece of its wooden propeller in his spacesuit when the went to the moon.
A Boeing 747’s Engine Carries Some Serious Weight
Are you continually in awe with how something as big and heavy as an airplane is able to take flight?
One of the most popular airliners in the world is the Boeing 747. This is due in part to it being the first huge body aircraft ever produced.
And it IS huge. In fact, it’s made up of over six million parts.
Of course, some of those parts are heavier than others. One of the heaviest is the engine, which comes in at almost 9,500 pounds.
The Worst Seats Are in the Back
Well, this depends to some extent on your definition of worst.
If you tend to be a nervous flyer and get stressed whenever there’s turbulence or movement, you’ll want to avoid the seats in the back. That’s because airflow goes from front to back.
So where are the best seats?
If you’re looking for a smoother ride, request somewhere in the middle of the plane and near the wing. A plane is a bit like a see-saw, so the middle is the most stable.
Things May Not Be As Clean As You Think
Have you noticed how the blankets and pillows you used during your flight were just refolded and stuffed back into the overhead bin as you were exiting the aircraft?
And next time you put food – or your head – on the pulldown tray table in front of you, keep in mind that it’s likely been used as a diaper-changing table more than anything else.
So it might be a good idea to bring along some sanitizing gel for your next flight.
Pilots Eat Different Meals