US Airways kicked a blind and and his dog off a plane in 2013 after the Dog repositioned itself during a two hour delay. They cancelled the flight after passengers disembarked in protest saying the flight attendant responsible be kicked off instead of the man and his service dog. cnn.com/2013/11/14/travel…
The most successful Nazi interrogator in world war 2 never physically harmed an enemy soldier, but treated them all with respect and kindness, taking them for walks, letting them visit their comrades in the hospital, even letting one captured pilot test fly a plane. Virtually everybody talked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In 2005, a plane leaving from LA had to make an emergency landing due faulty landing gear. Before landing, they had to fly for a couple of hours to burn of fuel in case of a fire when landing. This was broadcasted live on TV and the passengers onboard were able to watch it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
Leading up to Normandy, MI-5 conducted one of the largest military deception efforts to convince the Germans that a landing would instead take place at Calais; going so far as to fake a whole army, with radio messages of "coded" gibberish, fake vehicles, and ersatz camps to fool recon planes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Thomas Selfridge was the first person to be killed in an airplane crash in 1908. The propeller shattered in mid-flight and the plane nose-dived into the ground. Selfridge hit his head on the framework and died from a skull fracture. The pilot was Orville Wright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The Lockheed U-2 spy plane, famous for conducting covert reconnaissance during the Cold War, is still in active service after 65 years, being used for military and scientific missions. britannica.com/technology…
William Shatner played a prank on the set of the Twilight Zone while shooting the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode. Shatner staged a fake fight on the plane, and had a dummy fall off the wing to the concrete below. Richard Donner, the episode's director, thought Shatner had died. metv.com/stories/william-…
During the 4 plane hijacks of 9/11, one plane managed to not reach its target, UA Flight 93 where passengers bravely fought to take back control of the plane and ultimately crashing in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania lowering the death toll of its supposed target, Washington D.C history.com/topics/21st-c…
In 1949, Gallup polled Americans on what scientific advances they thought would happen by the year 1999. 88% believed cancer would be cured, and 63% believed planes would be nuclear powered. Only 15% thought a man would walk on the moon. ropercenter.cornell.edu/b…
In 1988, a 737 experienced explosive decompression in flight, removing a large piece of the roof of the plane. With only the floor holding the plane together, the pilots managed to land the plane 13 minutes later. A flight attendent getting sucked out of the plane was the only casuality. airwaysmag.com/airlines/3…
When the family of a Russian man named Vitaly Kaloyev died in a 2002 plane crash over Germany, he tracked down the air traffic controller he felt was responsible and murdered him in front of his family. For this, he spent 3 years in prison, then returned home and was praised as a hero. youtube.com/watch?v=iYJWW…
Al-Qaeda were surprised by the collapse of the Twin Towers. Among those planning the attacks, Osama Bin Laden had been the most "optimistic", due to his experience in engineering, and had predicted that the fire would collapse the area where the planes hit and all the floors above only legacy.npr.org/news/speci…
Had Otis Redding not died β€œSittin’ On The Dock of The Bay” would have not been released. Record producers didn’t like it, but right after the plane crash wanted to cash in on his death npr.org/2018/01/08/576413…
In 1943 after Naval intelligence provided them with his exact itinerary, US fighter pilots successfully shot down a transport plane carrying Admiral Yamamoto, commander of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Yamamoto was believed to be responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The last B-52's are projected to continue service until some time in the 2050's, meaning the plane will have been in service for almost 100 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
, American pilots flew P-51 Mustangs in Very Long Range misisons operating from the island of Iwo Jima during WW2. These 7+ hour missions involved flying 3 hours across the open Pacific to targets in Japan and then 3+ hours return flight. Threats included bad weather, flak, enemy planes, etc. flynata.org/content.aspx?…
Larry Hillblom, the H of DHL, regularly took "sex safari" trips to Asia to prey on underage girls. When he died in a plane crash, 4 of the illegitimate children he fathered were able to claim $50 million each from his estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Today I learned about Mathias Rust, a teenager who in 1987 flew a small plane through the supposedly impenetrable air defence system of the Soviet Union and landed in Red Square. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathia…
Today I learned about "the miracle" Olympic Airways Flight 411, when the aircraft lost an engine and critical engine power, but the pilot was able to successfully land it. All following Boeing simulations show that the plane should have crashed; it's still listed as Lost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Vitali Kaloyev, a Russian Architect who lost his family when the airliner they were flying in collided mid air with a cargo plane. He stalked and later murdered an air traffic controller he blamed for the incident. theguardian.com/world/200…
In WW1, when they had to deal with the scourge of Zeppelins bombing Britain, the RAF initially sent up a plane equipped with a passenger & a rifle, with just 4 incendiary rounds bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09x…
The only clear footage of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11 was filmed by french filmmakers who were making a documentary on a Manhattan firehouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned about Wrong Way Corrigan. In 1938 he was denied permission to make a solo transatlantic flight because his plane was unsafe, but given the okay to fly to California. He took off, made a U-turn, and disappeared into the clouds. 28 hours later he landed in Ireland, claiming his compass had broken. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The first ever manned flight into a hurricane was done in a single engined plane by Joseph Duckworth on a bet in 1943 popularmechanics.com/scie…
Because broadcast satellite technology wasn’t invented yet, footage from the 1960 Rome Olympics was videoed and flown back to the US by plane and often aired events the same day they happened en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Today I learned about Dr.Beatrice 'Tilly' Shilling who, during the Battle of Britain, invented a device preventing fighter planes engines from shutting down during negative G maneuvers. The device became known as "Miss Shilling's orifice". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The people staying at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station over the winter have an annual tradition of watching β€œThe Thing from Another World (1951)”, β€œThe Thing (1982)”, and β€œThe Thing (2011)” back-to-back after the last plane leaves for the season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
In June 1946 an airplane traveled from Rome to Paris, crossing over the Mediterranean Sea. The pilot operating the plane was Dr. Helen Keller, an American author, educator, and activist who since childhood had been both blind and deaf. britannica.com/story/how-…
The weightless scenes in the movie Apollo 13 were real. The space capsule set was built inside a cargo plane that would freefall for about 20 seconds at a time, simulating being in orbit. The plane would then climb back up to film the next scene. yahoo.com/entertainment/a…
In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
In 1986, two Russian airline pilots got into an argument over wether one could land the plane without vision. The main pilot pulled the curtains over the windows, insisting he could. Then, the plane missed the runway, flipped and killed 70 of the passengers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
RΓΌppell's vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,300 m above sea level, when it collided with a plane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
In 2015, a plane made an emergency landing after the crew received an indication of smoke in the cargo hold. It turns out to be caused by the 2,186 sheep farting onboard. huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11…
The crash of Pacific Airlines Flight 773 is the worst mass murder in modern California history after a gunman shot the pilots and then himself causing the plane to crash and killing all 44 aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Botswana airline pilot with a grudge with Air Botswana crashed a stolen Air Botswana plane into two other Air Botswana plane parked, These 3 planes were the only 3 operating planes in Air Botswana Fleet effectively crippling operations for Air Botswana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
After most of Manchester United's starting line-up died in a plane crash in 1958, Real Madrid offered to loan out Alfredo Di StΓ©fano, the world's best player, to Manchester United. All the parties agreed, but England's FA blocked the loan, because "it would halt the progress of a British player" thesefootballtimes.co/201…
A week after Jim Croce died at 30 in a plane crash, his widow received a letter from him promising to stop performing, get a master's degree, and write short stories and movie scripts. It ended "it's the first sixty years that count and I've got 30 left." scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
Today I learned of Vitaly Kaloyev- a convicted murderer of an air traffic controller Peter Nielsen responsible for a mid air plane collision which killed his family. Following his release out of prison Vitaly became an award winning deputy of construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
In 2013 a Canadian bank robber obsessed with Taylor Swift stole a Cessna 172 from a flight school, crossed the US border and flew to Nashville undetected. The plane crashed at Nashville International Airport, killing him instantly. No one noticed the burning wreck for five hours. nationalpost.com/news/can…
In 1957 two planes collided over the San Fernando Valley and the debris killed 3 Pacoima Junior High School students in the playground below. Student and singer Ritchie Valens (of 'La Bamba' fame) missed school that day, but died tragically in a plane crash just 2 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
During WW2, an American pilot was awarded a 'kill' for shooting down two American transport planes. He did it to prevent them from landing at an enemy runway. youtube.com/watch?v=CLUVd…
The first commercial plane ever shot down, in 1938, was salvaged from a river bottom, rebuilt, renamed and returned to service only to be destroyed in 1940 in another shooting incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwe…
In February 1970, an amateur photographer was taking photos around an airport in Sydney, Australia. It was only after the film was developed that he realized he captured a stowaway's final moments as he fell out of the wheel well of a plane taking off and fell 56 meters to his death. nzherald.co.nz/world/stow…
Allied planes "accidentally" bombed Switzerland about seventy times during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Vietnamese farmers after the war repurposed external fuel tanks jettisoned by American planes into river canoes, which have lasted for nearly 5 decades. theaviationist.com/2013/0…
Planes flying west fly at even-numbered altitudes (ex. 32k ft, 34k ft), and east-bound planes fly at odd-numbered altitudes (ex. 33k ft, 35k ft). boldmethod.com/learn-to-f…
In 2003 two men, who weren’t licensed to fly, stole a parked Boeing 727 from Luanda International Airport and neither the men or the plane have ever been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
"world’s leading source of high-grade uranium" was accidentally found in 1966 by a bunch of oil dudes who took a Geiger counter on a plane so they could write off their fishing trips as business expenses. resourceworld.com/how-ath…
In 1995, a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 was intercepted and captured by the Taliban. After negotiations for a prisoner exchange fell through, the Russian crew physically overpowered and disarmed their guards and started their plane, narrowly dodging a firetruck as they took off towards freedom. theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
The Wright Brothers almost destroyed the 1903 Flyer, the first plane, in 1912 because they considered it worthless. Their manager talked them out of it. aviationpros.com/tools-eq…

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