Airplanes are one of the many amazing inventions. Prior with airplanes, travelers will just rely on horses, ships, buggies, and trains that will took days, weeks, and also months of traveling for the commuters before they can finally arrive at their place of destinations, wherein the longest nonstop flights are a little more than 18 hours. The record has been by the Singaporian Airlines for the flight that travelled 9,534 miles to the Newark, New Jersey is coming from Singapore. Are you still willing to spend another 18 hrs. and 30 mins. sitting on the plane? Actually, many would not want it. About 25% of the Americans had flown anxiety, whereas there are 6.5% of the populations of the world who are suffering from fear of flying or aviophobia.
Below are some of the numerous amazing and strange airplane facts you can read here now as you dig and read here more.
The sky is similar to a desert
Have you ever wondered the reasons your nose and your throat dries out when you fly? Perhaps your skin had lost some of the luster. Airplane cabins had been pressurized. The level of humidity in a plane cabin is usually set to 20%, whereas our skin is used to the minimum humidity of 40%. Not just that, but the levels of humidity of an airplane had been drier than a Sahara Desert, which had been around 25% humidity, and so, the first ever airplane fact is, technically, you’re flying in the desert climate.
Airplanes are able to be fixed with a tape
Way back in the year 2015, a famous redditor posted the viral image of an airline tech seemingly fixing a place with the use of a duct tape. In reality, the duct tape is what’s being identified as the speed tape, which had the hefty price tags of around $700 in a roll. Speed tape has been an aluminum adhesive being used to temporarily fix superficial damage up to the time of the permanent replacement is accessible. Another funny fact is that when you are in Finland, it is very usual to a duct tape to refer as Jesus tape since “it saves the person.” And so, does it mean that the speed tape name is for the reason that it can fix a non-critical issue?
Two commercial planes flew over two times the sound speed
The British-French turbojet, The Concorde, had the maximum speed of around Mach 2.04, and that is more than twice the sound speed. But, it’s heavily debated where the TU-144or the Concorde, a Soviet supersonic airline is faster. This TU-144 averaged of Mach 1.6, and it can fly until Mach 2.29. Concorde flew passengers to London from New York is a bit more than 3 hours, when it will normally take more than 7 hours. This TU-144 flew to Alma-Ata from Moscow, but both airplanes were retired because of reliability issues and fatal crashes.
Commercial jets are even more fuel efficient when compared with cars
Michael Sivak from the Michigan’s Transportation University studied fuel economy of cars versus airplanes. Sivak discovered that there are more cars that used twice the energy being need to fly unless an average car over about 45 MPG or miles per gallon. An example is, a Boeing 747 average around 0.2 MPG, whereas an average car receives only around 25 MPG. When a number of passengers had been included in the figures are to identify MPG, airplanes actually takes 100 MPG for every person.
Your taste buds will decrease by about 30% during the flights
The cabin pressure numbs tastebud and dries out food also. What is even odd is only salty and sweet flavors are affected, however, the passengers can still have a taste of anything bitter and spicy. This will make Bloody Marys a famous choice during the flights. Wines will taste more acidic also for those who wished to avoid the sweet-tasting alcohol.
Numerous times, the flight crews will get paid only while the airplane is flying
The flight attendants aren’t paid always for every work that they do. Most of the times, they are only paid flight times, or when the airplane left the origin gates and reach up the destination gate. It will mean that the flight attendants will not get paid when assisting passengers before, after or during the boarding, or during cleanup in between. Regardless of this, the flight attendants take the added benefits such as flying for free, paid hotels, discounted airfare, etc. that most people will feel make up about the overtime spent over the job.
An armed plane hijacker once submit in exchange of a beer
On the flight to Trondheim, Norway from Oslo, Norway, the 24-year-old ex communicated hijacked the Boeing 737 that had 120 people aboard. The hijacker yielded for so long because he was being supplied with continuous beer that he takes from his place on the toilet. Finally, the police official said the hijacker that he could not take any beer until he surrendered his pistol and which he did. No one of the passengers got harmed, except to that pride of the hijacker. The ex-con complained regarding the treatment and has requested to talk with a Norwegian prime minister, but then refused.
The largest air traffic controller tower of the world is as high as the skyscraper
All planes needed an airfield where they can land in. This will require an assistance of the airport beacons and the runway lights. It is one of the top important aspects that an airfield is an air traffic controller tower that will handle the ground traffic. The air traffic controller tower of New Bangkok Int’l. Airport is around 434 feet tall and that is equivalent to a 40-story structure or building.
It is not legal to point the laser pointer at the helicopter or plane
Pointing the laser at the aircraft has been one federal crime since pointing laser at aircraft will actually disorient the pilot. In fact, the laser light shows had been really coordinated with the air traffic control, also the military to ensure they aren’t interrupting the flights.
Airway beacons will flash the Morse code letters
The code beacons identify the airports by using lights that flashes the airport codes 6-8 times in one minute.