A suicide bomber with explosives in his laptop boarded the Somali owned Daallo Airlines in 2016 intending to blow the whole aircraft. Twenty minutes after the takeoff, the bomb exploded, creating a hole in the plane, and the suicide bomber was sucked out of the plane. He was the only fatality. cnn.com/2016/02/11/africa…
The Mexican Government Has Seized 599 aircraft β€” 586 planes and 13 helicopters β€” From The Sinaloa Cartel Between 2006 and 2015. That's More Planes Than Owned By Mexico's Largest Airline. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
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…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
John Travolta has been a fully licensed pilot since age 22. He owns several planes including a Boeing 707 and even has a taxiway leading straight to his door in Florida. He says his acting career has funded his passion for aviation. bjtonline.com/business-je…
CNN pays airports to show news on their TVs. It's not normal CNN but a special version that excludes any stories about plane crashes. rd.com/advice/travel/why-…
A USSR physicist published his equations for solving reflected electromagnetic waves from surfaces, as the Soviet authorities considered them insignificant for military purposes. His work was found by Lockheed in the 1970s, leading to a breakthrough in developing their stealth plane F-117. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Concorde airplane flew so fast, if you left London (or Paris) in the evening flying west towards New York, to the passengers in the plane, the sun would actually appear to begin rising again shortly after reaching cruising speed. The plane flew faster than the Earth's rotation. heritageconcorde.com/airf…
Today I learned of Gunner, a stray Australian dog who, after being wounded in a WW2 air raid, could distinguish so accurately between the sounds of Allied and Japanese planes that he could give 20 mins warning before an air attack. He was taken in by the RAAF and given a role detecting air attacks on Darwin. aviationhumor.net/gunner-…
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Tsar Bomba (most powerful explosive ever detonated by mankind; 4000x Hiroshima; 59 mi high mushroom cloud 10x height of Mt. Everest) was dropped with a parachute so the release plane could fly 28 miles away, giving the crew a 50% chance of survival... businessinsider.com/54th-…
Santos Dumont, a Brazilian aviator believed that air travel would bring world peace, therefore he offered his works for free, was accused of espionage during ww1. And he killed himself after witnessing planes being used in warfare. robbiesworlddiary.com/201…
The inhabitants of islands that were temporarily occupied during the Pacific War thought they were being visited by gods, and when the soldiers eventually left, they formed rituals that imitate planes, runways, and marches to try to bring them back. Many still do this to this day. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 1928 a mail plane crashed into Georgia's Stone Mountain. The pilot not only survived the crash, but manually picked up the mail and descended the mountain himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
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…
In 1956, F-11 Tiger fighter plane shot itself down because the plane was literally going faster than its own gunfire. navytimes.com/news/your-n…
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…
Russia has their own version of "Miracle on the Hudson". A Ural Airlines flight collided with a flock of seagulls that struck both of the plane's engines. The pilot opted to land the plane in a corn field and everyone on board survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
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…
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-…
In 1989 two brothers flew ultralight planes over the Berlin Wall into East Germany to rescue a brother they'd left behind when they escaped years earlier. They landed at a park inside the DDR, picked up their brother, and flew back to West Berlin in less than 20 minutes. youtu.be/ywY67XU56KE?t=49
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…
There is an Airport in Italy that will let you bring 500g of liquid on a plane, so long as it is Pesto bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1977, a plane carrying the Evansville University men's basketball team crashed on takeoff, killing all on board. One player on the team did not make the trip due to a season-ending injury. He was killed two weeks later in a car accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Ben Innes took a selfie with his plane's hijacker citing that if the bomb was real, he had nothing to lose anyway. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
"the day the music died" in the song American Pie is the literal day when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
An A10's gun is so powerful that shooting it halfs the planes forward thrust youtube.com/watch?v=wk6Qr…
A passenger shared a photo of the plane saying "Should it disappear, this is what he looks like." before MH17 Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight in which the aircraft was shot down by surface-to-air missile transported from Russia. All passengers and the crew were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The famous Birkin bag was created following the random encounter of actress Jane Birkin and HermΓ¨s creator Dumas on a plane : she complained about the impracticality of her daily bag without knowing who he was and he then made her a brand new black leather bag that became a fashion symbol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
In the 1950's, pilots of massive B47's would practice rolling the huge planes upside down while 'tossing' nuclear bombs out, because it helped pilots escape the area faster, avoiding blast damage youtu.be/s_fVtd5Sz9M
CIA had an instructions manual for U2 pilots describing what they could eat, so that didn't had the urge to poop while on mission, which often spanned around 9 hours. The plane had no means of disposing the fecal matter. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
The Eskimo logo on Alaskan Airlines planes is Chester Seveck, a reindeer herder who for years greeted tourists getting off the plane at Kotzebue, Alaska. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2012 an 11 year old boy accidentally flew to Rome alone without any money, passports, or boarding passes while running away from his mom in a mall. No one realized until the plane was already halfway to Italy. telegraph.co.uk/news/avia…
Today I learned of Artur Fischer, a German soldier who survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor, and held over 1100 patents before dying at age 96. nytimes.com/2016/02/09/bu…
Parts from Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 were recovered from the Everglades and used in other EAL planes, after which the airline's employees started to report ghost sightings of Flight 401's pilots in those planes, which ceased when the cannibalised parts were removed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Walter Bedell Smith joked that if General Montgomery could capture Sfax by the mid April 1943, he'd give him a Flying Fortress. Montgomery succeeded, & insisted on his aircraft. The row escalated as high as Eisenhower, who ensured Montgomery did get his plane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The cheese slicer (OstehΓΈvel) was invented by Thor BjΓΈrklund (Nor). The legend has it that, frustrated at the un-even cheese slices he cut with a knife, he wanted to improve the cheese world. He realized that a carpenter’s plane could do the job and the cheese slicer was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Two Gemini astronauts died when their plane crashed into the building where their spacecraft was being assembled. One astronaut was decapitated, and his head was found in the rafters of the building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Boeing employees were exhausted, either deliberately or unconsciously circumventing established processes and one even revealed of being hesitant to put his family on Boeing plane during the production of 737 max cnbc.com/2019/10/30/boein…
Today I learned about the Q400 Horizon Air Incident of 2018, during which a member of the ground crew stole a plane and performed an unauthorized takeoff. wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_H…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
When Southwest began using the motto "Just Plane Smart," Stevens Aviation, which had been using "Plane Smart," advised of infringing its trademark. Instead of a lawsuit, the CEOs staged an arm wrestling match. The loser paid to a charity of his choice and the winner claimed the motto. wikipedia.org/wiki/Southw…
A Israeli Air Force F-15 landed with one wing in 1983 after the plane had a mid-air collision during a training exercise. youtube.com/watch?v=M359p…
The plane John McClane blows up in Die Hard 2, N473EV, was later nearly destroyed in reality by extreme turbulence which caused one engine to be completely torn from the plane mid-flight. aviation-safety.net/datab…
In 1964 Reg Spiers, an australian athlete, shipped himself from London to Australia in a box, because he had no money to pay for a plane ticket to come back home for his daugter's birthday. ripleys.com/weird-news/re…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Naval Command prioritized destroying Battleships over Carriers. The operational commander, Minoru Genda, defied those orders and assigned more planes per Carrier than planes per Battleship, in spite of carriers being lightly armored and easier to sink historynet.com/pearl-harb…
The bassist of the band Explosions in the Sky (famous for the Friday Night Lights soundtrack) got detained in an airport post-9/11 when "This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow” was found written on his guitar. The phrase was coincidentally on the album artwork of their latest release right before 9/11. austinchronicle.com/music…
Michel Lotito, aka Monsieur Mangetout, was a French artist who was specialized in eating non-edible things like iron or rubber. The biggest thing he ate was a plane, which took him 2 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Imelda Marcos & her husband hold the Guinness World Record for the Greatest Robbery of a Government. She once forced a plane to do a U-turn mid-air just because she forgot to buy cheese in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ime…
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
Alaska Congressman Nick Begich won re-election in 1972, despite having been declared missing in a plane crash three weeks before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
In 1990, a pilot was partially sucked out of his plane when the windscreen failed. The cabin crew couldn't pull him back in so he dangled outside the plane for 20 minutes until the copilot landed the plane. The pilot made a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
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…
A U-2 spy plane lands via a "controlled crash" every time because its massive wingspan makes it difficult to maneuver and there are no wheels on the sides (only front and back). When the plane finally tips to one side, the titanium skid pads under the wings help bring it to a stop. youtu.be/txVHB8k0rTI
Today I learned about Kenneth Taylor and George Welch, the first two American pilots to get airborne during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both were recommended for the Medal of Honor, but this was denied on the basis that they had β€œtaken off without orders.” Together they shot down six Japanese planes. history.com/news/heroes-o…
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
A Graveyard Spiral is a phenomenon when a plane is titled and flying in a descending spiral, but the pilot doesn't detect the tilting and tries to correct the descent by pulling up, but this only tightens the spiral until the plane crashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
That, upon the declaration of the result of Missouri's 2000 race for the U.S. Senate, then-Senator John Ashcroft became the first ever U.S. Senate candidate (incumbent or otherwise) to be defeated by a dead person. His opponent - Governor Mel Carnahan - had died in a plane crash 3 weeks earlier. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
During WWII, the Germans and the British independently discovered that they could use thin aluminum strips dropped from planes to jam enemy radar, but both sides refused to use this for over a year for fear the other would figure out the technique en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Legendary director John Hughes ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off"; "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles") co-wrote the script for the kids' film "Beethoven" under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes eonline.com/fr/photos/140…
Dwight Eisenhower once wrote that the five most important vehicles used to win WWII were the jeep, the bulldozer, the 2.5 ton truck, the DUKW amphibious car, and the C-47 transport plane, none of which are designed for combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In July 1989 a Soviet pilot catapulted out of his MiG-23 over Poland, the plane flew another 1000 km. and crashed into a Belgium farm killing 1. rbth.com/history/330613-r…
The plane with the longest wingspan to ever fly is the Stratolaunch, it has only flown once. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
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._…
In 2002 a Chinese Toy Company Made a Handheld Video Game called Laden vs USA Where You Can Either Defend the World Trade Center from Being Attacked or Fly Planes Into It en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
3 men were shipwrecked in the south Pacific; buoyed by life vests, they swam to the deserted island Fanadik. After 3 days on the island, a US Navy plane spotted a fire the men made and then saw the men waving life vests next to palm fronds that spelled H-E-L-P. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
Even though smoking has been banned on airplanes, ash trays are mandatory on every plane. This is for safe disposal in case someone breaks the law. money.cnn.com/2017/03/09/…
Today I learned of the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly suggesting a concentration of mass thousands of times more massive than our entire galaxy. However, it is obscured by the Zone of Avoidance (the Milky Way’s galactic plane), making it very difficult to directly observe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The US military is developing a plane capable of Mach 6 (4,600 mph) to succeed the now-retired SR-71 Blackbird, which flew at Mach 2.8. This new plane, the SR-72, is unmanned, will perform surveillance and reconnaisance, and a protoype will fly in 2025 before entering service in 2030. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
U-2 Spy planes requires chase cars that can accelerate 0-100mph in a short period of time at both landing and take-off. youtu.be/nTFCFNHDY_I
In 1978 a plane suddenly disappeared flying over Bass strait, the last communication of pilot was, ' huge strange aircraft is hovering of top of plane'. after a pause, 'It is not an aircraft'. Disappearance still remains mystery military-airshows.co.uk/u…
Today I Learned a man landed a plane in the streets of New York. Then did it again because someone didn't believe him about the first time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
It is theoretically possible to send a paper plane from the ISS to earth, without the planes burning up on reentry. An experiment was scheduled, but unfortunately cancelled. universetoday.com/12541/r…
Today I learned of Betty Robinson, who won Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, after having survived a plane crash, wrongly declared dead, and a 6 month coma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
In 1971 an unidentified man hijacked a plane in the northwest United States, obtained $200,000 in ransom money (equivalent to $1,260,000 today) and parachuted into the night, never to be heard from again. Fifteen copycat hijackings were attempted in 1972, all of which were unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
Legendary Guitarist Randy Rhoads died when his tour bus driver stole a plane and went joyriding with Rhoads on it. They buzzed the tour bus in hopes of waking up the band and clipped the wing of the plane and crashed. Sharon Osborne: "They were all in bits, it was just body parts everywhere" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about "Cargo Cults", which are religions that are formed from natives seeing bases being built in their areas during WW2, after the war ended and everything was abandoned, the natives would try and replicate the soldiers during ceremonies, such as by marching, and signaling planes to land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Wright Brothers tested over 50 different types of airfoils on their plane. corescholar.libraries.wri…
In 2006, a woman farted on a plane and tried to cover up the smell by lighting matches, causing an emergency landing. en.wikinews.org/wiki/Woma…
Despite the fact that mud dauber wasps are non-aggressive and rarely sting, they have killed at least 210 people since 1980 via plane crashes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Before Chesley Sullenberger and The Miracle on the Hudson Capt. Carlos Dardano landed a 737 on a narrow levee in New Orleans after the engines flamed out in a rainstorm in 1988. Capt. Dardano also only had one eye from when his plane was shot at during the civil war in El Salvador. nola.com/archive/article_…
Today I learned about the "Super Guppy," an oddly-shaped, massive plane designed for transporting really really large cargo (rocket parts). Five were built, and they look kind of like flying beluga whales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
The creator of Frasier was killed on September 11th when his plane crashed into the North Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The infamous 1971 D.B.Cooper plane hijacking remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in commercial aviation history. The FBI officially suspended their active investigation in July 2016. The 60-volume case file is open to the public to read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
A mysterious 10-12kg (22-26lbs) icy ball fell into an Indian village. Some villagers thought it was an extra-terrestrial object. There were reports of villagers taking pieces home to put in their refrigerators. They found it was more likely to be frozen human faeces leaked from a plane overhead. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
Artimus Pyle, the drummer from Lynyrd Skynyrd survived a plane crash and walked to a nearby house only to be shot by the homeowner. The homeowner saw a bloody long-haired man and winged him. Pyle survived that as well and made a full recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
When the Soviet military shot down Gary Powers' U2 spy plane, they also shot down one of their own MiG fighters with the same missile salvo. aviationweek.com/defense-…
In 1989 A Soviet Pilot Abandoned His Plane Due To A System Failure Only To Have It Fly 900KM Unassisted And Kill Some Poor Random 18 Year Old Sap Sitting In His House In Kortrijk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
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…
: 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…
In 2012 a 80 yo lady safely landed a plane after her husband, the pilot, had an heart attack and died while flying. She had never flown before. youtu.be/rVAqiwnMNYo
Today I learned about George Smith, a US test pilot who ejected from his plane at Mach 1.05 (777mph) and survived! whiteeagleaerospace.com/s…
Bill Gates hijacked the control panel at an airport gate -- and got the plane to come back. businessinsider.com/10-th…
Today I learned of project Bongo, which subjected the residents of Oklahoma city to regular sonic booms produced by planes flying over. The sonic booms started at 7:00 am, and the whole experiment lasted 6 months. The sonic booms shattered 147 windows in the 2 tallest buildings and 10000 complaints were filed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
In 1927, a 12-year-old boy rode along with stunt pilot Doug Davis, throwing Baby Ruth candy bars down over a racetrack as part of a promotion. The boy loved the experience, and would grow up to be a pilot… of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
After British Airways had a man enter the cockpit and nearly crash the plane, 16 American passengers settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit, the British passengers got $2000 and a free Fear of Flying Class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Apollo 13 was shot in β€œa hollowed-out, windowless, padded Boeing 707 jet that climbs to 30,000 ft. and then arcs into a steep dive, creating a 23-second period of weightlessness.” This plane is used by NASA for 0g training. amc.com/talk/2008/07/apol…

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