25 Intriguing Facts About The Aircraft Industry

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.

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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.

Aircraft cabinSource: randomhistory.com/airplane-facts, Image: Wikipedia

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

truckSource: randomhistory.com/airplane-facts, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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.

Plane contrailsSource: randomhistory.com/airplane-facts, Image: Wikipedia

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.

tail of the planeSource: randomhistory.com/airplane-facts, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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.

aircraftSource: randomhistory.com/airplane-facts, Image: Wikipedia

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