Did you know? Part 2

  1. One windshield/frame of a Boeing 747-400 cockpit costs as much as an average prices BMW/Mercedes.
  2. The Airbus Industries A380 is the world’s largest passenger plane. It can carry over 800 passengers in an all economy class seating and crew.
  3.  The Antonov Mriya AN-225 cargo jet is the largest plane in the world, nearly as big as a football field from nose tip to tail and wingtip to wingtip. It was originally built to transport a space plane.
  4. An Airbus Industries A380 weighs around 560 tonnes when fully loaded and has a fuel carrying capacity of 84 000 gallons, about 310 000 liters of fuel.
  5. A twin or more engine plane’s wings which are part of its main flight equipment are also in fact its fuel tanks together with the centre under belly of the plane.
  6. Yes you got it, for about US$20 000 return ticket you can get this private room in an Etihad A380. It comes with a double bed, 50 inch TV, fridge. Talk about LUXURY!!
  7. Each engine of a Boeing 747-400 weighs about 4300 kgs and costs a whooping US$8 million. How many mansions is that…
  8. The magical black boxes of a plane CVR (cockpit voice recorder) and FDR (flight data recorder) are in fact orange in color and not black to make them easier to find in a wreckage.
  9. The white lines you see behind a plane when its passing high up are called vapor trails or contrails and are the result of aviation fuel being burned. when the fuel is burnt, it produces carbon dioxide and water which condense into tiny droplets be hind a plane in the air.
  10. Lightning strikes every commercial jetliner at least once a year. Yet lightning has never brought down a plane since 1963, due to careful engineering that lets the electric charge of a lightning bolt run through the plane and out of it without causing damage.
  11. All modern airliners are designed to fly with one engine if one gives in. so next time you are flying and the plane loses an engine, stay assured you can fly on till you get to safety. In fact most planes can fly for a surprisingly long distance with no engine at all thanks to the glide ratio factor, a product of careful aeronautical engineering.
  12. An average airliner has a takeoff speed of between 250 – 290 km/h and an average cruising speed of around 900 km/h depending on the plane’s load and other environmental factors.
  13. Autopilot is mostly turned on during level flight stage of a journey except during turbulence. It is typically turned off during takeoff and landing even though it is available for use during these stages of flight.
  14. The Blackbird is the fastest plane on record at a speed of 2193 mph or 3529.3 km/how. That is about 3 times faster than a bullet.  Talk about fast. 
  15. At a whooping 24.1 m, the tail of the Airbus A380 is as tall as 5 giraffes standing on top of each other. In fact if you peep out of the window of a six storey building, you can touch the top tip of its tail. Thank you for reading, opinions, comments and input always welcome. Like my Facebook page AviaConnect and YouTube channel Avia Connect. Enjoy your week.

Enjoy your week

AviaConnect (M B Dube)


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