When the Wright brothers invented the first airplane back in 1903, they probably couldn’t imagine what an extremely profitable business the aircraft industry would become over a hundred years later. Their aircraft, the Wright Flyer, flew only about 120 feet, whereas today a typical Boeing 787 can fly more than ten thousand miles on a single tank of gas. And this is only one little step the world of aviation has taken since then. Nowadays, there are many companies with thousands of employees worldwide involved in the various aspects of designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining aircraft, aircraft parts, and spacecraft (and this isn’t even the best part of the most intriguing facts about the aircraft 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.