Top Six Airplane Facts and History You Did not Know

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In recent decades, flying has been a natural part of our daily lives — notwithstanding the fact that just 5 percent of the world’s population have still been on an avion. Typically, we don’t think about it much as long as we reach our destination safely. However, it’s exciting and we want to share some of the informative and enjoyable information about aircraft and flying with you.

1.From 120 feet to 10,000 miles

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The first aircraft was created in 1903 and flown by the Wright brothers. It is considered the first “heavier than air powered flight” in the world. It is regulated and sustained. Your plane, the Wright Flyer, was flying approximately 120 feet. Heading 10,000 miles with a single gas tank, the newest Boeing 787.

2.Made to endure lighting 

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Aircraft can — and are struck daily. It is calculated that any aircraft is affected by lightning once a year, or by flight time. However, since 1963, lighting has not brought down an aircraft because of careful design which permits the electrical charging of a lightning bolt, usually without damaging the aircraft, to run through and out of the plane.


During most aeroplane flights, the autopilot is normally enabled. The machine will improve fuel efficiency and make more accurate modifications (except during turbulence). While the autopilot is available for use, it is not usually used when starting or landing.

4.Worst accident

In fact, there were one of the deadliest aircraft crashes. In 1977, in what is now known as the Tenerife Crash, named after Tenerife island where the accident occurred, two aeroplanes with a total of over six hundred passengers crashed head-on in the middle of the runway. There have been over 500 deaths.

5.First Airmail Flight

The first nonstop trip across the Atlantic Ocean was carried out between June 14 and June 15, 1919 by British airmen, John Alcock and Arthur Brown. They were flying to Ireland from Newfoundland, Canada. Since the flight was mostly tiny in freight, the first transatlantic airmail flight was also carried out.

6.Amelia Earhart

The first woman who flew alone around the Atlantic was Amelia Earhart (1897–1937). She also helped to establish “The Ninety-Nines,” a women’s pilot group with several other significant achievements. Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared across the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in an effort to be the first woman to complete a circumnavigational flight from the globe in 1937 in the 10-E Electra Purdue-financed Lockheed Model. Officially, Earhart was pronounced dead. Surveys and a significant public interest persist more than 80 years later with their absence.


Air travel is also a complicated and enigmatic world. Many travellers are unaware of a number of peculiar aspects of flight. These facts are just a few of those amazing facts about Airplanes. If you happen to know some of them share them down in the comments. 

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