Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! it’s a… no… it’s a plane.
Soaring like a bird used to be a pipe dream but not anymore. Let’s take a closer look at some awesome facts about airplanes.
May the Forces be with you.
While the Wright Brothers are credited with designing the first airplane to fly, the concept of the modern airplane was developed in 1799 by Sir George Cayley. Designer of the first successful glider to carry a human being aloft, he identified the four aerodynamic forces which act on any flying vehicle: weight, lift, drag, and thrust.
To the Moon… sort of.
All of the Boeing 747s ever made have traveled a collective 35 billion miles. That’s equivalent to 75,000 trips to the moon and back!
The Wright Brothers.
The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are credited with the first successful airplane design that produced a sustained, controlled flight. While it was first, it certainly wasn’t very long. At 120 feet, the flight was shorter than the wingspan of a modern day 747 of 229 feet.
Time for some airplane trivia. How much fuel does a Boeing 747 consume per minute? 15.5 gallons. 32.5 gallons. Or 58.5 gallons. Take some time and think it over. We’ll tell you the answer below.
First Across the Pond.
Charles Lindbergh is often credited with being the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 but that’s not quite correct. Before Lindbergh, many people made the trip across the Atlantic but in stages or in lighter than air dirigibles. Lindbergh’s major achievement was that he was the first person to cross the Atlantic by airplane alone, at a distance of nearly 3,600 miles (5,800 km) in 33 hours and 30 minutes. As a result of this flight, Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in Ne..