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Flying Fun Facts

  1. A plane ticket cost just $5 in the 1920s.
  2. On the rear side of each wing is a part called an aileron, which helps the airplane turn right or left.
  3. An airplane takes off or lands every 37 seconds from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. That's almost 100 planes per hour!
  4. 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!
  5. The body of an airplane is called the fuselage.
  6. An average of 61,000 people are airborne over the U.S. at any given hour.
  7. 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!
  8. The flight data recorders in airplanes are called "black boxes," although they are really bright orange.
  9. Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
  10. The speed of sound, or Mach 1, at sea level is 761.2 miles per hour or 661.5 knots.
  11. The longest paper airplane flight was 27.6 seconds.
  12. The longest time spent airborne during a single hot-air balloon flight is 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.

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