In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
Professional basketball player Marvin Barnes, once refused to board a plane from Louisville to St. Louis. Because the flight was scheduled to arrive (Central Time) before its departure time (Eastern Time), Barnes famously said, "I ain't getting in no damn time machine." He rented a car instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Invictus games for disabled Veterans was started by Prince Harry after he was pulled from Afghanistan and they put him on a flight with four unconscious soldiers missing limbs and wrapped in plastic. One holding a piece of shrapnel that had been removed from his head. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
Tiny portions of the Wright Flyer were taken to the moon and back aboard Apollo 11 in 1969. Another few were taken aboard the Challenger on it’s final flight, and recovered from the wreckage. All of these pieces are now in display in North Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
There were less than 60 years between the Wright brothers first flight in an airplane and the first human being launched into space (1903 - 1961) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
In 1985, a man flew from London to LA on Air New Zealand, meaning to connect to a flight to Oakland. At LA, he boarded the onwards flight to Auckland. When asked if he's going to Auckland, the NZ pronunciation sounded like Oakland, so he stayed onboard, only realising his mistake after takeoff latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
The moment Gerald Ford was sworn in, Nixon was on Air Force One flying home. Because he was no longer President, the airplane's call sign was changed mid-flight from Air Force One to SAM 27000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC-…
In 2017, it was revealed that the current King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, had been serving as First officer on Dutch airline KLM flights twice a month for 21 years, even after his ascension to the nation's throne in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The first person killed on 9/11 was computer science expert Daniel Lewin. Levin was stabbed to death by hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11. The company he founded, Akamai Technologies, is now worth almost $3 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
During a flight to America the 'Hindenburg' hovered over a random English town and dropped a bouquet of flowers, then ascended and continued its journey. A note attached to the bouquet read: please deposit these flowers and cross on the grave of my dear brother, POW [in the local cemetery]" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn't tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together. vice.com/en_us/article/3d…
After becoming the first man to journey into space in 1961, Yuri Gagarin served as a backup to Soyuz 1, which ended in a fatal crash. Fearing for his life, Soviet officials banned Gagarin from further spaceflights, but not from regular aircraft. He then died in 1968 from a training flight crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
LBJ constantly asked the flight crew of Air Force One to change the temperature of the cabin. Eventually, they installed a fake control knob for him to 'control' the temperature himself. The president stopped complaining. blog.museumofflight.org/q…
Barbara Morgan, who participated in the Teacher in Space program as a backup to Christa McAuliffe for the 1986 ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger flight, later trained as a Mission Specialist. She flew on the STS-118 shuttle mission, to the International Space Station, in August 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
A large fraction of astronauts experience unexplained vision problems in long-term flights that sometimes become permanent vice.com/en/article/8q8vj…
Ruppell's vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,300 metres (37,100 ft) above sea level. It was ingested by a jet engine of an airplane flying at an altitude of 11,300 m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
Flying Tiger Flight 66 - a 747 cargo flight - crashed into a hill after its crew mistook ATC request "descend two four zero zero [2400]" for "descend to four zero zero [400]" aviation-safety.net/datab…
On the day of Korea's College Admissions Exams (Suneung), the Korean governemnt grounds aircrafts and reroutes flights to prevent students from getting distracted during the exam of their lives bbc.com/news/amp/world-as…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards. supercluster.com/editoria…
Otto Lilienthal, a German aeronautical engineer, made 2,000 glider flights before the Wright Brothers made the first airplane. He died in a crash in 1896. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
In May 1944, Robert Schock, a diver on the USS Bunker Hill, found the intact body of the kamikaze pilot, Kyoshi Ogawa, who’d hit the flight deck, and recovered his personal effects. In 2001, Schock’s grandson returned them to Ogawa’s family. sfgate.com/news/article/D…
In 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
Today I learned about Ham (July 1957 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space. On January 31, 1961, Ham flew a suborbital flight on the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission, part of the U.S. space program's Project Mercury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Today I learned about the attempted hijacking of FedEx Flight 705 by a disgruntled employee who filled a guitar case filled with hammers and a spear gun. The captain (ex-Navy) performer extreme arial maneuvers while the first officer and engineer fended off the attacker. The plane landed safely and all survived en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Guido Keller, a decorated Italian WWI aviator who joined a pirate gang and took over a city, brought full tea services aboard his flights, engaged in giant orgies with both sexes, was addicted to cocaine, explored the Amazon River, and enjoyed posing nude for photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The pig on Pink Floyd's "Animals" was an actual 40ft balloon. A marksman had been initially hired on the 1st day to shoot it down, should it break loose--but he was absent on the 2nd. That day, it broke free and flew into Heathrow Airport's airspace, resulting in all flights being cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
The only thing which stopped current winner of 'FIFA Best Men's footballer' award Robert Lewandowski from signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2009 was that Icelandic volcano which grounded so many flights. bbc.co.uk/sport/football/…
A stowaway Kiddo the Cat became the first feline to attempt to cross the Atlantic in an airship. His eventual howling led to chief engineer Melvin Vaniman making the first radio message from an aircraft in flight: "Roy, come and get this ---damn cat." airandspace.si.edu/storie…
Today I learned of Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey who was one of the first animals launched into space by the USA to return safely. After her space flight, Miss Baker set a record for longest lived squirrel monkey before dying at age 27. Her grave can often be found adorned with one or more bananas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The movie "Airplane!" was not a parody of the flight disaster film "Zero Hour" because it went beyond the definition of parody. The creators, Zucker/Abrams/Zucker, took so much from the plot, dialogue, and even character names they ended up optioning the rights to the film. film.avclub.com/surely-yo…
Sunday, December 1st, 1974, TWA-Flight-514 crashed into a peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The crash exposed a secret complex built inside the hollowed out mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
In 1971 an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked from India and flown to Lahore. The hijackers were welcomed by Pakistani minister (future Pres & PM) Zulfikar Bhutto who paid a handsome tribute to the hijackers, leading India to close its air space to Pak, which played a major role in the 1971 war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
80% of plane crashes occur in the first 3 or last 8 minutes of a flight. artofmanliness.com/articl…
The Wright Brothers achievement of powered human flight went largely unnoticed and unacknowledged by the American public for years. collaborativefund.com/blo…
Today I learned of the "Ghosts of Flight 401", a fairly well documented case of "ghost pilots trying to save their planes" confessionsofatrolleydoll…
The NTSC determined Lion Air 610 Flight crashed primarily because of 9 "Contributing Factors" including: Boeing's design assumptions, a Lion Air miscalibrated/untested replacement AOA sensor, Lion Air ignoring warning indicators from the previous flight, and the crew being overwhelmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
Astronaut Gregory Jarvis was bumped from his first scheduled flight by US Sen. Jake Garn and then bumped again by US Rep. Bill Nelson. He finally got to fly on his third attempt: STS-51-L, the Challenger disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is a memorial to fallen astronauts on the moon with a statue and a plaque containing the names of those who died in the advancement of space flight. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
Today I learned of Betty Ong, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Ong notified the American Airlines ground crew of the hijacking, staying on the telephone for 25 minutes and relaying vital information that eventually led to the closing of airspace by the FAA for the first time in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The human bot fly, native to Central and South America. A female bot fly will catch a mosquito mid-flight and deposit eggs on its body. When the mosquito takes a blood meal, the eggs hatch and enter the skin through the bite wound. The larvae feeds on the host for 6-12 weeks before crawling out ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Maarten de Jonge, a Dutch cyclist who missed both Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which went missing over the Indian Ocean, and Malaysian Airlines flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine 4 months later abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, was able to sit in a chair, sign his name with a pencil, and would walk up multiple flights of stairs to visit children in the hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Sir Richard Branson once lost a bet with Tony Fernandes on the winner of the 2010 F1 Grand Prix. The loser had to work as a female flight attendant on the winner's airline. Branson shaved his legs, dressed in drag, and hosted passengers on a 5 hour Air Asia flight that raised 200k for charity. cnn.com/travel/article/br…

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