Like me, many of you are on the road all the time, so this week, I’m going to share a little airplane and airport trivia with you, to make your next trip just a little more interesting.
First, did you know that the Wright Brothers’ first flight covered less distance than the length of a Boeing 747 is today? That’s right… Their first flight was only 12 seconds, and 120 feet long… The queen of the skies, well, she is 250 feet long and can fly almost 10-thousand miles.
The 747 can take off weighing just over 910-thousand pounds too…
Let’s talk airports… If you’ve sat on the tarmac for hours like I have, you have noticed that each runway has a number… Do you know where those numbers come from?
The number on a runway represents the direction it’s facing on the compass… So runway 2-7 faces 270 degrees or directly West… Runway 0-9 faces 90 degrees, or directly east.
And depending on how the winds are blowing that day, runways can be used in either direction, so runway 09 and 27 are actually the same runways, just taken from different ends.
Here in Atlanta, at the world’s busiest airport, almost 300 planes takeoff and land every hour of every day…
Finally this week… Have you ever wondered what those white trails are that form behind airplanes flying in the sky?
Conspiracy theorists call them “chem trails” and say it’s the government spraying various chemicals on unsuspecting citizens below…
They’re actually called “con trails” or condensation trails, and they’re ice crystals formed from the exhaust from the airplanes engines.
Environmental conditions have to be right for these gasses to form into ice, which is why you don’t always see them, but rest assured… They’re not harmful to you, or the environment.