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…
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…
Flying Squirrels are more closely related to humans than they are to Sugar Gliders scienceworld.ca/stories/p…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Today I learned about glider named 'Voo-Doo' and her daring pilots that undertook an incredibly dangerous transatlantic flight in 1943 in order to prove the notion of creating a glider air bridge between North America and Britain. youtube.com/watch?v=ud4cq…
Humans (primates) are in the same superorder as rodents, lagomorphs (rabbits and similar), tree shrews, and calugos (arboreal gliding mammals that look similar to sugar gliders also known as gliding lemurs). sciencedirect.com/topics/…
During WWI a German weapon manufacturer developed a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) unmanned, drone, biplane, glider torpedo that was launched from Zeppelin Airships. It was guided by wire to its target. The last test was August 2, 1918, 102-years-ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Today I learned of Market Garden, a failed British operation during the Second World War which resulted in the loss of 16,000~ troops, 377 aircraft/gliders and 88 tanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about the Gimli Glider, an Air Canada Boeing 767 plane that ran out of fuel and was safely landed on an abandoned airstrip. cbc.ca/archives/when-a-me…
Gliders were used to carry troops in WW2 youtu.be/d09YOacP-9g
Chrysopeleas, or "flying snakes", are a thing. These mildly venomous snakes live in Southeast Asia and glide through the jungle by propelling off the end of tree branches. They are better gliders than flying squirrels. api.nationalgeographic.co…
After a unit conversion snafu, Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41k feet. The pilot, who flew gliders in his downtime, brought the plane down on an abandoned airfield which was being used as a racing circuit and everyone got out alive with only minor injuries. cbc.ca/archives/when-a-me…
The fastest R/C airplanes in the world are gliders that can exceed 500MPH and 120 G's powered only by the wind. dskinetic.com/
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury. An English monk who, in the 11th century, developed a glider and flew ~200m high. However, a gush of wind crashed him and left him crippled for the rest of his life. He wrote later in life that the reason for the crash was not developing a tail component to the glider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
The fastest RC flying machines are gliders that use a technique called 'Dynamic Soaring'. They can get up to 545 mph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyn…
Sugar Gliders can "fly" half the size of a football field, link with video. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Unsuccessful escape attempts from Colditz Castle, a German WWII prison where difficult prisoners were sent, included a man smuggling himself out in a chest, a man sewing himself into a mattress, a Frenchman attempting to escape disguised as a lady in drag, and an unused glider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Australia has there own version of the flying squirrel called the sugar glider. It is marsupial and developed flight separately from the American flying squirrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
On July 23, 1983, Air Canada's Flight 143, with 69 people onboard, ran out of fuel at an altitude of 41,000 ft. The pilot managed to glide the plane down safely as he was a very experienced glider pilot. 22,300 pounds of jet fuel had been put in instead of 22,300 kg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
Englishman Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) achieved manned flight over 50 years before the Wright brothers. He built a bi-plane glider in 1849 which a 10 year old boy flew and then in 1853 he built and flew a glider himself. He also invented wire wheels, self-righting lifeboats and seatbelts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is a project going on right now attempting to take a glider to 90,000 ft using only "atmospheric waves" to climb. So far they have flown higher than 70,000ft. perlanproject.org/
Today I learned about the Gimli Glider, where a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel at 12,500 meters (41,000 ft) was successfully landed by gliding the plane onto a race track using a maneuver called a "sideslip", with no injuries to the passengers upon landing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
If sugar gliders are deprived of social interaction, they can become so sad that they can die exoticpets.about.com/cs/s…
Neil Armstrong continued to fly aircraft well into his 70s, preferring glider planes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Two paragliders were sucked into a thunderstorm during practice. The updraft was so powerful that one pilot was sucked up to 19,000 feet and killed by a lightning strike. The pilot of the second glider passed out from the altitude, but woke up still airborne and covered in ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Air Transat Flight 236 holds the record for the longest non-powered flight and landing by a commercial airliner after losing all engine power caused by fuel exhaustion. The aircraft that operated the flight returned to service with the nickname "Azores glider". It is still in service today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Wernher Von Braun's "Das Mars Projekt" was a plan to send 10 ships with 70 astronauts to Mars, where they would land drop ships with skis on the polar ice, travel in crawlers 6,500 km to the equator and build landing strips where the remaining crew could land in wheeled gliders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ballooning spiders do not catch the wind with these 'hang gliders', but instead ride the Earth's electric field theatlantic.com/science/a…
The pilot who successfully ditched Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 was an expert on airline safety, an NTSB accident investigator, published a paper on airline crew psychology in a crisis, and had his pilot's certificate in gliders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I Learned that sugar gliders have evolved to have two sets of genitalia sugargliderinfo.org/healt…
Today I learned about Gustave Whitehead, an aviation pioneer who designed and built gliders, flying machines, and engines. Controversy surrounds published accounts and Whitehead's own claims that he flew a powered machine successfully several times, predating the first flights by the Wright Brothers in 1903. gustave-whitehead.com/
The Soviet Union tried to develop a glider for a tank. Previously, they would just strap a T-27 onto a bomber before letting it drop to where they needed them to be along with a crew (although they were dropped separately). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Belgian fort Eben-Emael was thought to be impregnable before WW2. The world's largest fortress was designed to stop a German invasion and take months to break. It was so large ... that in May 1940 the Luftwaffe landed gliders on its roof, and captured Eben-Emael from the top in 30 hours. historynet.com/hitlers-se…
There is a modified glider named Perlan that is predicted to be able to fly at up to 130,000 feet(40,000m). It already flew over 50,000ft. It uses vertical winds called wave lifts from mountains to gain altitude. perlanproject.org/aircraf…
The first hang-glider to cross the English Channel was powered by an engine from a go cart blog.msimanchester.org.uk…
The D-Day glider crash in Saving Private Ryan that killed a General was based on a true story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
In 1909 Orville Wright was in Germany making demonstration flights, and while there visited Otto Lilienthal's widow to pay tribute to his pioneering work in heavier-than-air glider flights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
The Timm AG-2 was a proposed WW2 American assault glider, an armed glider that would land first and secure the landing site for transport gliders. General Chidlaw decided that it was a "damned fool idea" and cancelled the project in September 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Sugar gliders enjoy urinating on their people as a way of marking them as part of their colony. pets-family.knoji.com/10-…
In 1983, an Air Canada flight landed safely after running out of fuel at 41,000 feet, largely due to the pilot's experience flying gliders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
Following the arrest of Benito Mussolini by Italian Authorities in 1943, he was imprisoned in a remote, repurposed hotel in the Apennies. Hitler ordered a surprise rescue using ~100 paratroopers transported by glider, and overtook 200 well-equipped Italian guards without firing a shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The International Space Station enters a so-called "Night Glider Mode" when it is shaded from the Sun by the Earth. This is to counteract the orbital decay which is caused by the slight atmospheric drag at the ISS's altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
A man named Ivo Zdarsky escaped from the Soviet Union using a homemade glider, and now is a hermit in Utah. ivoprop.com/ivostory.htm
The Gryphon Attack Glider carries paratroopers 120 miles from the jump point. It can be outfitted with onboard weapons systems, or carry a 100lb payload in the wing. foxnews.com/story/0,2933,…
Percy Pilcher built the world's first motor-powered aircraft, but on the day he was supposed to demonstrate it, it was too windy. He opted to fly his glider, which crashed, and he died from the accident. 4 years later the Wright brothers made history. theguardian.com/business/…
Dragon shaped glider was up in the skies above Warsaw, Poland in 1648 with cat on board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
DARPA is testing a rocket glider to provide the United States with the capability to strike any target in the world within one hour. It flies at 13,000 mph! (~Mach 20 or 21,000 km/h) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
In May 2009, the world record for length of time That a paper glider stays in the air was set by Takuo Toda of Japan, whose paper plane glided along for 27.9 seconds. ehow.com/about_6402444_pa…
Walter Cronkite flew into Holland in a glider during World War Two. As a war correspondent, he landed near Eindhoven in operation Market Garden. youtube.com/watch?v=jsAKW…
Parrots in Tasmania were dying off for unknown reasons. When scientists set up cameras, they discovered that they were being eaten... by sugar gliders. theconversation.com/sugar…

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