25 Intriguing Facts About The Aircraft Industry

Posted by , Updated on May 22, 2024

The Wright brothers, who created the first airplane in 1903, likely didn’t foresee the aviation field’s transformation into a highly profitable industry over a century later. Their invention, the Wright Flyer, was capable of covering approximately 120 feet, a stark contrast to the modern Boeing 787, which can fly over ten thousand miles on a single tank of fuel. This is just one example of the many advances in aviation since that time. Today, numerous companies and their international teams are involved in various tasks, such as designing, building, testing, selling, and servicing aircraft, aircraft parts, and space vehicles; this doesn’t even capture the most fascinating aspects of the air travel industry.

To get an idea how important aircraft manufacturing is for the industrial sector, Russia alone employs around 355,300 people in the field, and the United Kingdom—home to one of the largest national aerospace industries in the world—employs more than 113,000 people directly and around 276,000 indirectly and has an annual turnover of more than £35 billion. Additionally, flying is considered the fastest and safest—despite so many people being afraid to fly—way to travel but this is common knowledge. However, the 25 Intriguing Facts About The Aircraft Industry that follow are far from common knowledge. So, fasten your seat belt and let’s fly into the exciting world of aviation.



If a cabin is pressurized and an airplane door opens in midflight at a high altitude, the sudden opening could cause items and people to get sucked out. However, pressurization in the cabin and a plug-type door (a door that is bigger than the opening) make it nearly impossible for even multiple people to open a door during a flight.

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A Boeing 747 can carry about 60,000 gallons of jet fuel, which weighs about 400,000 pounds.

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The contrails planes leave behind are made of water vapor. A thin, shorter-lasting tail indicates low-humidity air and fair weather. A thick, longer-lasting tail could signify the early indicators of a storm.

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A study by Popular Mechanics determined that passengers who sit near the tail of the plane are forty percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows.

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The Airbus A380, Boeing 787, ATR-600, and Bombardier C Series aircraft use less than three liters of jet fuel per one hundred passenger kilometers. This matches the efficiency of most modern compact cars.

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The air on airplanes is filtered by the same technology that filters air in hospitals, so while the tray table may harbor germs, the air is clean.

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If a plane needs to make an emergency landing, a pilot may decide to dump fuel from its wings. While it’s not very common, it is a safety procedure to keep the plane from experiencing an overweight landing. The fuel usually evaporates before it reaches the ground.

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Aircraft radar cannot detect turbulence. Turbulence can occur in clear, cloudless weather as well as in bad weather.

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The FAA requires that all airplanes be capable of being evacuated in ninety seconds. It takes only a minute and a half for a fire to spread and engulf a plane.

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Autopilot is usually turned on during the majority portion of a flight. The computer can make more precise adjustments, which leads to better fuel efficiency, except during turbulence. Autopilot is not typically used during takeoff or landing, although it is available to use.

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Most airline pilots are paid only for their time in the air, which doesn’t include time spent getting to and from the airport, performing pre-flight duties, or waiting for other planes delayed in front of them waiting to take off.

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If these aviation facts caught your fancy, you might also enjoy these 25 Strange Facts About Planes And Flying You Might Not Be Aware Of.


The Antonov AN-225 cargo jet is the largest plane in the world. It is nearly as big as a football field from nose to tail and wing tip to wing tip. It was originally built to transport a space shuttle.

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The world’s largest passenger plane is the Airbus A380. It is a double-decker four-engine jetliner and made its first flight on April 27, 2005.

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The Boeing 767 sucks in enough air through its engines to fill a Good Year blimp in about seven seconds.

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The tires of a Boeing KC-135 jet tanker’s landing gear consist of eight main gear wheels and two nose wheels. This is enough material to make one hundred automobile tires.

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The world’s smallest jet is the BD-5 Micro. Its wingspan is 14 to 21 feet and weighs just 358 pounds.

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Mercury is considered the greatest threat for every airplane and for that reason it is not allowed on a flight. Even a small amount of mercury can seriously damage aluminum, which is what most planes are made of. Aircraft that are exposed to mercury are usually quarantined.

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The world’s fastest airplane is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, flying at 2,193 miles per hour. It has held the record for nearly forty years.

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Airport control tower windows must be angled at precisely fifteen degrees from the top to decrease reflections from both inside and outside the tower.

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English is the international language of flight. All flight controllers and all commercial pilots on international flights are required to speak English.

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A rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased the number of incidents of turbulence. Additionally, many experts believe that global climate changes will produce more incidents of turbulence in the near future.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants in nonfatal accidents. Every year as many as fifty-eight people in the United States are injured when not wearing their seat belt on a plane.

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Research shows that the first three minutes after takeoff and the final eight minutes before landing are when eighty percent of plane crashes happen.

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One windshield or window frame of a Boeing 747-400’s cockpit costs as much as a BMW.

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The wings of an airplane are just one component of flight. According to NASA, there are actually four forces of flight that push the plane up, down, forward, or slow it down. These four forces are lift, thrust, drag, and weight.

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