In 2007, the hijacking of a Mauritanian flight was thwarted. Over the PA, the pilot instructed the passengers that he was about to make a bumpy landing, and they should attack the hijacker while he was off balance. He said this in French, which the gunman did not speak. The ploy succeeded.
Janet Airlines, a highly classified airline that shuttles military personnel in and out of Area 51. The name stand for ‘Just Another Non-Existent Terminal’.
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There was a research paper which claimed that people who jump out of an airplane with an empty backpack have the same chances of surviving as those who jump with a parachute. It only stated that the plane was grounded in the second part of the paper.
The whole purpose was to point out the flaws in randomized controlled trials and to set an example for journalists who rush to report sensational news without a thorough research.
German airplanes “Stuka” did not make that screaming sound when diving because of their engine, but because they had small fans attached to the front of their landing gear that acted as siren. This will “weaken enemy morale and enhance the intimidation of dive-bombing”.
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In 1985, a drunk student hijacked a Boeing airplane in Trondheim, Norway demanding to talk to the prime minister. He later surrendered in exchange for more beer.
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Only 5% of the world’s population has ever been on an airplane.
One reason airplane food isn’t very tasty is because when you’re flying, your sense of smell and taste decrease by as much as 50 percent. The senses are affected by changes in air pressure and lack of humidity inside the cabin.
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Jack Lucas joined the Marines at 13 to fight in WW2, survived a blast after jumping on two grenades to save his team, and later survived a free fall from an airplane after both of his parachutes failed.
An airplane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945. Among other damage, plane parts severed the cables of an elevator and the woman inside fell over 70 stories. She lived and holds the world record for the longest survived elevator fall.
Meet the 23-Year-Old Physics Genius Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski. At the age of 14, Sabrina built her own single engine airplane and became the youngest person to ever fly her own plane. At MIT, she achieved the highest possible grade and today Harvard University named her the next Einstein. Her brilliance should be known throughout the world.