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Amazing fun aviation facts you never knew

With the high rate of globalization, there has been a massive increase in the number of airline and aviation enthusiasts worldwide. More and more people are finding it a hobby and for those interested in learning more about aviation, here are some amazing facts you might not have heard before.

KLM is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.

The Chicago O’Hare’s international airport is so busy that a plane takes off or lands every 37 seconds.

One can lose up to 1.5 litres of body water during a 3-hour flight.

Alaska Airlines were the first to adopt online check-in in 1992.

At any hour, over 61,000 people are airborne in the USA.

The business class was invented in 1979 by Qantas

The Boeing 747 has an average of 250 kilometres of wiring

Over 2 million passengers board an estimate of 30000 flights daily

A pilot and the c-pilot don’t eat similar food; this is to counter food poisoning

1/3 of the taste buds usually get numb while flying.

More than 80% of people are afraid of flying; Acrophobia.

The Boeing 747 is made up of six million parts

A single engine on the Boeing 747 weighs about 9,500 pounds

Only 5% of the world’s population has been aboard a plane.

One of the deadliest plane accidents, the Tenerife disaster, happened on the ground after two passenger planes crashed on the runway killing over 500 people.

The official aviation language is English. All aircraft controllers and all pilots flying international planes are required to speak English.

The largest aircraft in the world is the Antonov AN-225 cargo jet.


In 1985, a plane known as the Voyager flew around the earth without landing.

The world’s smallest plane is the BD-5 Micro, and it has a wingspan of 14-21 feet and weighs about 358 pounds.

For more facts about specific flights you can use the flight radar on our website.