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Oldest flying airplane

As of 2021, the world's oldest airworthy aircraft is a Blériot XI from 1909. It's registered in the UK as G-AANG by the Shuttleworth Collection and still flies regularly. The first plane of this type was used in the first aerial crossing of the English Channel in 1909 by aviation pioneer Louis Blériot. 1).

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

The Stratofortress is a long-range, jet-powered strategic bomber designed just after the Second World War as a nuclear weapons carrier and produced in the years 1952–1962. The B-52, called BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F***), is able to carry 70,000 pounds of weapons for 8,800 miles (without aerial refueling), and was used in almost all significant conflicts since the 1950s. Thanks to continuous modifications and a versatile design, the B-52 is still in active service with the USAF and is planned to serve into the 2050s, which would make over 100 years of active military service. 2)

Aircraft have the same navigation lights as water vessels, from small fishing boats to large container ships. There is a red light on the left wing (portside on a ship) and a green light (starboard) on the right-wing. Its function is to signal the direction of the aircraft's flight. 3)

Maiden flight

The first regular passenger aircraft made its maiden flight on New Year's Day 1914. The route included a 34-mile flight over Tampa Bay, Florida, and the first passenger aboard the hydroplane was St. Petersburg Mayor Abram C. Pheil. 4)

Record flying time

On 7th February 1996 a masterpiece of engineering, the supersonic Concorde aircraft set a record flying time between London and New York City of 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds. 5)

Busiest airplane flight route

South Korea's Seoul-Jeju air corridor is the busiest airplane flight route in the world. In 2018, there were 250 daily scheduled flights on this 449-kilometer route, carrying more than 14 million passengers a year. The route was so popular that each new plane departed every 15 minutes. 6)

airplane.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/17 02:15 by aga