Interesting facts about airplanes

August 26, 2009 | In: Technology Facts

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright made the first-ever manned flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His flight lasted 12 seconds and covered a distance of 120 ft(37 m). That same day, Orville’s brother (Wilbur) made his first flight, which lasted 59 seconds, with the same aircraft.

Almost five years later, the Wright brothers were the first to fly in an airplane for more than one hour. On Sept 9, 1908, Orville Wright flew for 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 15 seconds. On Sept 21, 1908, Wilbur Wright flew for 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 25.8 seconds.

Airplane engines may be classified as driven by propeller, jet, turbojet, or rocket. Most engines originally were of the internal-combustion, piston-operated type, which may be air- or liquid-cooled.

Seventy-five thousand engineering drawings were used to produce the first Boeing 747.

The first United States coast to coast airplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days.

A Boeing 737 weighing 150,000 pounds (68,000 kg) must deflect about 88,000 pounds (40,000 kg) of air – over a million cubic feet (31,500 cubit metres) down by 55 feet (16.75 m) each second while in flight.

The fastest passenger aircraft was the concorde but its no longer in service. The fastest aircraft is SR-71 Blackbird i believe. But I heard somewhere that NASA is working on a hypersonic aircraft.

Birds were the fastest creatures on Earth until 1919. At that time, pilots first reached speeds of 190 mph (306 km/hr). Thus, the record for fastest speeds among birds was broken. The champion bird had been the peregrine falcon, clocked at speeds nearing 185mph(298km/hr) while diving. Since then, even cars and trains have beaten that record.

Now, pilots can fly at supersonic (faster than sound) speeds. Currently, pilots in the fastest aircraft, X-15A-2, can fly Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound) or about 4,500 mph (7,000 km/hr).

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6 Responses to Interesting facts about airplanes



September 8th, 2009 at 6:41 am



interesting facts

September 28th, 2009 at 1:04 am

boeing 737 may be flying city
really great …and nice to imagine
thanks for sharing


i found more

April 9th, 2010 at 11:56 am

A plane ticket cost just $5 in the 1920s.
On the rear side of each wing is a part called an aileron, which helps the airplane turn right or left.
An airplane takes off or lands every 37 seconds from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. That’s almost 100 planes per hour!
The first balloon was invented by the Montgolfier brothers in France in1783. It inflated by hot air, created by burning wood and straw. Sounds dangerous!
The body of an airplane is called the fuselage.
An average of 61,000 people are airborne over the U.S. at any given hour.
It would take a plane flying 400.2 miles per hour 20 years to fly the 93,205,678.8 miles from the Earth to the Sun – and that’s just a one-way ticket!
The flight data recorders in airplanes are called “black boxes,” although they are really bright orange.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
The speed of sound, or Mach 1, at sea level is 761.2 miles per hour or 661.5 knots.
The longest paper airplane flight was 27.6 seconds.
The longest time spent airborne during a single hot-air balloon flight is 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.
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September 16th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Really cool



May 10th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Who wrote this thing about airplanes? tell me if you know

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