Planes have come a long way since the Wright brothers first flew. The early planes made of wood and cloth differed from today’s elegant Boeing Dreamliner. It’s challenging to keep up with all the incredible things aircraft nowadays are capable of due to the continuous developments in aerospace technology. But there are a bunch of fun facts about airplanes you should know. So here are our picks for you.
1. Lighting strikes are safe for airplanes
It’s an interesting fact about airplanes that they can survive and remain intact even when they’re struck by lightning. Lightning strikes may cause aircraft to burst into flames and electrostatic discharge. The metal may dissipate lightning strikes on the plane’s exterior, which conducts electricity. The inside of an airplane often has insulating material that protects passengers and crew from electrical current.
2. The tray table is the dirtiest place on a plane
It was determined that the amounts of bacteria on tray tables were three times greater than those found on the toilet flush button. So, keep your hands away from the tray when the food is served to you. Now, enjoy your meal safe and sound without any digestive issues.
3. During a plane crashes, no seat is secured… Or maybe not, really!
Nevertheless, a TIME analysis of aviation crashes revealed that middle seats in the rear of the plane had the lowest death rate in the event of a crash. When it comes to plane disasters, “the rear third of the aircraft had a 32% death rate, compared with 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third,” according to their findings. Additionally, another study found that the window seats are the worst place during any accidents since they can be quickly ejected from the plane. Indeed, they could not flee the aircraft when it caught on fire.
But the FAA says there is no specific place in the plane that is safer than each other.
Our advice to you is to take the seat you love and don’t overthink horrible scenarios. And keep in mind that aviation accidents are pretty uncommon.
4. Pilots and co-pilots eat different meals
Many airlines require pilots and co-pilots to eat different meals to avoid both of them contracting food poisoning, or something like that, at the same time. Furthermore, both of them should be well-versed in flying the aircraft if one of them becomes fatigued.
5. Don’t worry about plane tires
Airplane tires are built to resist huge weight loads (up to 38 tons!) and can strike the ground at speeds of up to 170 miles per hour more than 500 times before being replaced. As an added precaution, the pressure in aircraft tires is 200 psi, almost six times the pressure used in a vehicle tire. If an airplane’s tires do need to be changed, ground crew members simply jack the aircraft up as you would a car.
We hope that these fun facts about airplanes have piqued your curiosity. If you know of any, please tell us!
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