7 Surprising Facts About Airplanes

Fun Facts About Airplanes

This Friday is National Aviation Day. In honor of National Aviation Day, we are sharing seven facts about airplanes that even the most frequent of flyers may be surprised to learn.

Even though it seems like there is a national day for everything now (donuts, margaritas, relaxation, etc.), National Aviation Day has been celebrated since 1939. President Roosevelt issued a presidentail proclmation for the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day.

In honor of National Aviation Day, here are seven fun facts about airplanes provided by Mark Neubauer, Captain and Co-Founder of private flight company Air Unlimited.

7 Fun Facts About Planes

  • There are more than 9,700 planes and 1 million people in the sky at any given time, according to flight tracking service, FlightAware.
  • The tires on a plane hit the ground at up to 160 miles per hour.
  • Some planes wingspans are larger than the aircraft itself.
  • Planes are engineered to be lighting-proof.
  • Your taste buds change during flight from the elevation and air pressure, so some foods might taste a little differently than you’re used to at home.
  • Usually turbulence only shifts the plane a couple feet in the air, even if it might feel like a bigger bump in your seat.
  • Plane toilets are actually vacuums that open an air valve when you press the flusher, meaning they use very little water to transport waste to a tank at the tail of the plane.

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