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…
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…
Hooters once had their own airline from 2003-2006. They had regular flight crew and attendants and scantily clad Hooters Girls on every flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
When Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed, the first helicopter on scene that evening reported no signs of life so rescuers decided to pause and continue the next morning. Many initial survivors slowly died through the night from shock and exposure, leaving 4 survivors out of 524 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The first female American astronaut Sally Ride was a respected astrophysicist and a top athlete. However, before her flight, she fielded questions such as "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?", "Do you weep when things go wrong?" and "Will you become a mother?" from the US media. people.com/archive/cover-…
Commerical Flight Attendants and Pilots are 4x more likely to get cancer in their lifetime, because of the time they spend flying, with a thinner atmosphere and more solar particles. They recive 3x more radiation a year than a nuclear plant employee ehjournal.biomedcentral.c…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
A 16 year old survived a five hour flight inside the landing gear of a jumbo jet from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. He blacked out on takeoff and the plane went to 38,000ft meaning temperatures of 75-80 below zero and a lack of oxygen probably leading to "a state of suspended animation." cnn.com/2014/04/21/us/haw…
A fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe owned roughly one percent of all the money in Denmark, wore a nose made of gold after losing his own in a duel and had a pet moose that he sent out to attend parties in his place until it one night got so drunk that it fell down a flight of stairs and broke its neck mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 2015, a flight from the UK to Dubai had to turn around and land after 30 minutes because of a 'poisonous' smell in the plane. The smell was later confirmed to be the "liquid faecal excrement" of a passenger in the toilet, which was so bad it caused a safety hazard. vice.com/en_uk/article/bn…
Turkeys can fly up to 60 miles an hour despite their 20 pound heft. They roost high up in the trees at night, but spend most of their time on the ground, causing the misconception that they are incapable of flight at all. grandviewoutdoors.com/tur…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
Dubbed as one of the worse sales promotions in history, Hoover nearly went bankrupt after promising UK customers a flight to the USA and back if they spent Β£100 or more on their products. Hoover cancelled the promotion before many customers received their tickets and some even took legal action. thehustle.co/the-worst-sa…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
One of the shortest scheduled passenger flights in the world takes just 47 seconds from take-off to landing. It connects Scottish Westray and Papa Westray en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In 2004 Singapore Airlines started flying between Singapore and Newark, the longest commercial route in the world at the time. After concerns from medical experts about the 18-hour flight time, the airline had special lockers installed to store the corpses of any passengers that died en route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Japan Airlines Flight 1628 over Alaska had a 42 minute long UFO encounter Supported by Radar Data and Air Traffic Control and Voice Cockpit recordings leaked in 2001 by FAA Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations division John Callahan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Virgin queen ants leave their existing colony to form their own in a process known as nuptial flight. In preparation for the flight, males emerge from their pupa case and are "quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nup…
In 2019, a flight bound for Malaysia was abruptly forced to turn around after a mother on board forgot her baby at the airport. travelnoire.com/plane-tur…
In 2004 the pilots of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 decided to test the limits of their Bombardier CRJ-200 to see if they could join the "410 club" (41,000 FT - the altitude limit of the aircraft). They ended up stalling the aircraft and crashing, there were no survivors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
There were men-only 'executive' flights until the 70s with cocktails, complimentary cigars and steak dinners viewfromthewing.com/unite…
Two doctors saved a woman’s life on an airplane by performing mid-air surgery on her with a coat hanger and silverware. They also used cognac to sterilise the equipment. It was on a flight from Hong Kong-London. They couldn’t land for help, as the increase in air pressure could kill her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
In 2008 famous DJ deadmau5 missed a flight in Spain just seconds after the jet bridge was closed, upsetting the DJ because he was late for another show. The air plane barely took off before crashing and killing 152 people youtu.be/z_3SxGUxEx8
The record holder for the world's shortest commercial flight is scheduled for just 90 seconds. In good conditions, Loganair’s 1.7-mile jaunt between the Scottish islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkneys, off the north coast of the mainland, can take under a minute. cntraveler.com/story/why-…
From the 1950s until the 1970s, vending machines were used at American airports to sell life insurance policies covering death, in the event that the buyer's flight crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed because the pilot let his kids fly the plane, who unknowingly disengaged the autopilot function. The crash killed everyone on board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
The term "goose" is properly used for a female bird, while "gander" refers specifically to a male. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. A group on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned about teenage pilot Mathias Rust from West Germany, who OTD in 1987 landed his rented Cessna 172 in Red Square, Moscow to the sight of curious tourists. His flight into "impenetrable" Soviet air defenses irreparably weakened the world's perception of the Soviet military following this incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Boomerangs used for hunting are not designed for a curved return flight, but to fly straight and hit their target. Returning boomerangs are at most used to frighten birds into movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
"Voldemort" (vol de mort) translates from French/Latin to "flight of death;" also "theft by death," or how Voldemort took Harry's parents from him. translation.babylon-softw…
Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower arm rests - allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
NASA spaces flights have had wake up songs for the astronauts starting with the gemini program, the day 2 song for the SpaceX flight is β€œplanetary caravan” by Black Sabbath. history.nasa.gov/wakeup.h…
There are only six full-time 'skywriters' left in the world. Skywriters are those who use aircraft to expel special smoke during flight in patterns. vice.com/en_in/article/qj…
88 Years ago on 1st Mar, 1932 , 20-mon old son of Charles Lindbergh (who flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927) was kidnapped. Even Al Capone offered his help from prison. In the aftermath of the crime (baby found dead) kidnapping was finally made a federal offense in USA history.com/this-day-in-h…
Air traffic controllers direct commercial flights to fly at β€œeven” or β€œodd” levels. The general rule in most parts of the world is aircraft going east will fly at odd levels, ie 35’000 feet, while aircraft heading west will fly even levels, ie 34’000 feet. thepointsguy.com/guide/up…
Glenn K. Tripp, a D.B Cooper copycat, hijacked a plane for a $600k ransom. He had his drink spiked with Valium by a flight attendant, and after a 10 hour standoff, lowered his ransom to 3 cheeseburgers and a head start on a getaway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
Flight way points have been set up around some airports for humorous combinations. Heading into Kansas gets you SPICY BARBQ TERKY SMOKE RIBS flyingwithfish.boardingar…
In 2007, the hijacking of a Mauritanian flight was thwarted. Over the PA, the pilot instructed the passengers that he was about to make a bumpy landing, and they should attack the hijacker while he was off balance. He said this in French, which the gunman did not speak. The ploy succeeded. chron.com/news/nation-wor…
All 3 members of the original Apollo 1 mission were killed during a flight rehearsal test. The name Apollo 1, chosen by the crew, was made official by NASA in their honor after the fire. The tradition continued for every mission after. wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…
Some of the retired Concordes have a pilot's hat permanently trapped in the cockpit, inserted during the final flight into a gap that opened up at high speed, but closed again as the fuselage cooled. youtube.com/watch?v=x4XBS…
A passenger was turned away from two flights because he was wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid extra luggage fees vice.com/en_au/article/8x…
Bono paid $1,500 to have a hat transported from London to him in Italy by taxi and in the cockpit of a British Airways flight. contactmusic.com/bono/new…
Today I learned about Stank Baker, a man who had been booked to fly on the 1931 Avro Ten Southern Cloud disappearance only to cancel his flight and travel by train instead which saved his life. Because of this, he gained a fear of flying which became justified when he was killed by another flight 19 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Engineers at IBM had to hand weave their memory 14KB in total for both control and redundancy of their flight computer in the SATURN V launch vehicle. Wire shaped inside the mesh represented a bit based on the magnetic field generated by the direction of current flowing through it. youtube.com/watch?v=dI-JW…
During the early days of the Soviet space program, one of the "Orbital survivabilty volunteer" dogs, named "Bobik", ran away days before his first flight. His replacement was named ZIB, a Russian acronym for "Substitute for Missing Bobik". He survived. gizmodo.com/the-tragic-ta…
A Russian airliner pilot let his 15 year old son fly the Airbus A310 setting off a chain of events in which resulted in the crashing of Aeroflot Flight 593 killing 75. youtube.com/watch?v=uQh-Y…
Out of the 270 Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters launched, all but four were recovered. Over 5,000 parts were refurbished for reuse after each flight, and the final set of SRBs that launched STS-135 (2011) included parts that flew on 59 previous missions, including STS-1 (1981). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned about Aeroflot Flight 3352, a crash that happened as a result of a flight controller falling asleep and not informing a landing aircraft that the runway was occupied with maintanance personnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Beloved WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle was responsible for military troops receiving higher pay when in combat. Pyle felt that ground troops were at equal risk as airmen and that 'flight pay' should extend to 'fight pay'. It became the Ernie Pyle bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
The ruby-throated hummingbird can cross 800 km (500 mi) of the Gulf of Mexico on a nonstop flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Due to a software glitch, in February 2007 six USAF F-22 fighter aircraft had their systems simultaneously crash mid-flight when they flew over the international date line. washingtonexaminer.com/we…
: In the early 1960's, Mohawk Airlines had 'Gaslight Service' flights that were Victorian themed planes including cigars, Victorian curtains, and the stewardesses dressed like dance hall ladies. airfoodhistory.com/2014/1…
When Australian javelin thrower Reg Spiers could not afford (financially) to purchase a flight back to Australia from London, he "mailed/posted" himself back to Australia in a wooden box...a journey that took 63 hours and passed through India and Singapore. This happened in 1964. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Today I learned of Barra Airport in Scotland, the only airport in the world where scheduled flights use a tidal beach as the runway, thus the flight schedule varies with the tides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
A NASA Flight Controller Rode His Horse To Mission Control Because The Parking Permit For His Car Was Revoked. historycollection.jsc.nas…
While the film "Entebbe", which was about an airliner hijacking, was being filmed at Malta International Airport, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 209, an actual hijacked flight, landed at the airport. Scenes from the hostages exiting the Afriqiyah plane were filmed, edited and inserted into the movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Early on in the Space Shuttle program, flights had a 1 in 9 chance of ending in a catastrophic failure based on recent risk analysis npr.org/2011/03/04/134265…
Germany has spent $7 Billion on an airport near Berlin that has not had a single flight or passenger. bbc.com/news/world-485273…
You were not required to take off your shoes at airport security & liquids were not banned from flights until 2006 tsa.gov/timeline
An Eastern Air Lines flight crashed because the entire crew was so occupied with a burnt-out landing gear light that they failed to notice that autopilot had disconnected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about the Chicken Gun, a compressed-air cannon used to fire dead chickens at aircraft components in order to simulate high-speed bird strikes during the aircraft's flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Wright Bros. famous first flight at Kitty Hawk actually took place on an island off North Carolina en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Today I learned of Northwest Airlines Flight 188. The pilots got distracted and overflew their destination by 150 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The reason rockets used to be painted with a large black and white checkered pattern was to make it obvious if the rocket rolled in flight. popsci.com/why-was-saturn…
The females of most bird species only have one functioning ovary (the left one). The right one exists, but does not develop fully and is non-functional. This is probably an adaptation to reduce body weight for flight. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Greeks associated the sound of a partridge taking flight with the sound of intestinal gas. This is revealed by the etymology of the word "perdiks", which in their language refers to this bird perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
The largest air traffic shut down since World War II happened in 2010 due to the EyjafjallajΓΆkull eruption. 95,000 flights were cancelled in a 6-day period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the longest-running software product line for Microsoft at 37 years old, predating Windows by three years wikipedia.org/wiki/Micros…
Every year on September 11, firefighters in the United States will climb 110 flights of stairs in full gear in buildings or at the gym to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day. www-m.cnn.com/2018/09/11/…
Today I learned about how glamorous commercial aviation was before WWII, with inter-continental flights in the Pan-Am Clipper. As glamorous as taking a cruise ship, but in a plane that landed on water. businessinsider.com/photo…
In 2012 an Air Canada flight was grounded for four hours because a passenger’s cat got out of its carrier and hid in the cockpit. nationalpost.com/news/can…
A civilian who went on a fly-along aboard a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet was accidentally ejected during flight. He survived with back injuries and the pilot managed to land the jet with minor injuries to his hands from broken canopy glass but the cause of the error is unknown. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
Many moth species have developed sonic defenses to help camouflage themselves from bats. One example is the male hawk moth which stridulates their genitalia mid flight to produce a sound at that effectively acts like a sonar jammer. pnas.org/content/112/20/6…
In 2009 a passenger landed a multi engine airplane after the pilot died just 7 minutes into the flight cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/03/29…
Despite failing to find Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the search effort produced the most detailed underwater map ever created geoscience-au.maps.arcgis…
The Air Force recently invented underwear for fighter pilots that automatically detects urine and flushes it into a sack where it freezes the urine for disposal after the flight, solving a major problem of inflight peeing. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Long-haul flight crews have their own little area for sleeping when they're on rest time youtu.be/1venL93QmXA
On 21st May 1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Mossad smuggled a sedated Adolf Eichmannn out of Argentina, dressed as a flight attendant. The agents who escorted him joked with airport security that he had had too much to drink. history.co.uk/article/hun…
, You lose 8 ounces of water from your body for every hour you fly That dry air saps the water from your body to the tune of about 8 ounces an hour. Which, is roughly two liters of water during a 10-hour flight (4% of your bodily water), and women can lose around 1.6 liters. lifehacker.com/how-to-kee…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
The first ever east-west transatlantic flight (1919) included two stowaways, a rejected crew member named Will Ballantyne and a tabby kitten named "Whoopsie" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R33…
Today I learned of Federal Express Flight 705. In April 1994, a disgruntled, suicidal employee tried to hijack and down the plane, brutally attacking the crew with a hammer. The wounded captain put the DC-10 in a dive and rolled it to incapacitate the attacker before landing successfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
China began efforts to its first manned space flight in 1968 and accomplished the goal in 2003 with Shenzhou 5. The design of Shenzhou resembles the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Chinese spacecraft is, however, larger than Soyuz and is an all new construction aerospace-technology.com/…
The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic was piloted by... John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919. It would be 8 more years before Lindbergh did it, solo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
"Archers Paradox". Whilst straight, arrows were actually designed to flex and bend in flight youtube.com/watch?v=O7zew…
The sheer speed of Concorde can be demonstrated by flight BA3. The flight would leave Heathrow at 7pm in darkness. Everyone onboard could witness a β€œsunrise” before landing at JFK at 5pm. Two sunsets and a sunrise in the space of around 5 hours. independent.co.uk/travel/…
On 9-11 immediately after US airspace was closed, Canada implemented "Op Yellow Ribbon" & landed 250 US bound flights with 45k passengers in 14 smaller airports across the country. Canadians in communities such Gander (10k) also welcomed up to 6,000 stranded passengers into their homes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
Apollo-11 trajectory to the Moon is named "Kondratyuk Route" after a self-educated Ukrainian who had calculated it 50 years before the lunar flight nmspacemuseum.org/halloff…
Operation Babylift happened in 1975 when 3300 orphaned Vietnamese babies and children where taken to the US and other Allies to be adopted. The first flight crashed, and 78 children died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Howard Foote Jr's took an A-4 Skyhawk for a joyride, his safety attributed to experience, skill, and ~100 hours on a flight simulator. Charges brought against him included hazarding a vessel. After 4.5 months in the brig, he got off with just time served and an other-than-honorable discharge. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
The worlds biggest airplane by wingspan is the Stratolaunch. The twin-fusalage aircraft with a wingspan of 385ft will serve as an airborne rocket launching pad capable of holding a 550,000 pound payload such as the Pegasus XL rocket and launch it into low earth orbit during flight. jalopnik.com/this-taxi-te…
In 2013 a local tv station anchor read the names of 4 pilots involved in a crash landing for Asiana Flight 214 into SFO from a telepromptor as Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow, without realizing the names were obvious trolling. Four members of the station lost their jobs. sfgate.com/bayarea/matier…
On March 27, 1977, Robina van Lanschot decided to not reboard her flight, staying at her layover destination, despite this being against the rules. She was the sole surviving passenger of KLM Flight 4805, which crashed into Pan Am Flight 1736 on takeoff, killing 583. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
A passenger was turned away from two flights after wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid baggage fees telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Bees don't poop in the hive. Over the winter, it builds up because they stay out of the cold. On warm winter days, they will all fly out at the same time on what are called "cleansing flights." mudsongs.org/category/beh…
A flying car, the Aerocar, was invented in 1954 by an aeronautical engineer named Molt Taylor. It is the only car in the US to be certified for flight by the FAA. ktar.com/story/2903805/19…

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