Flying Fun Facts
- 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.
Return to the Hangar.
In Flight, Inc.
P.O. Box 5234
Willowick, Ohio 44095-5234
in Flight, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All
donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Kids In Flight, Inc. Site Donated by DavePotokar.com