In 1958, two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.
The Cessna 172 flown by Robert Timm and John Cook to set the record for the world’s longest airplane flight (64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds), now hanging in McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada
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An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.
The pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen TV series, a spin-off of The X-Files, was about a greedy, U.S. arms manufacturer’s plot to hijack a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center to increase weapons sales by invoking anger and retaliation among Americans. The episode aired on March 4, 2001.
In 1990 a wrongly installed windscreen on BA Flight 5390 fell out, causing the plane’s cockpit to decompress and its captain to be pulled halfway out of the aircraft at an altitude of over 17,000 feet. The crew held onto the captain’s body fearing it would get sucked into the engine. The captain survived.
To win a bet in 1956, Thomas Fitzpatrick stole a small plane from New Jersey and landed it perfectly on a narrow Manhattan street while drunk, in front of the bar he had been drinking at. Two years later, he did it again after a man didn’t believe he had done it the first time.
Clint Eastwood was in a plane which crashed into the sea. He and the pilot escaped the sinking aircraft and swam 3 miles to safety. source
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In 1982 a British Airways 747 had all 4 of its engines flame out after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash over Indonesia. The crew managed to maneuver the powerless plane through the cloud, restart all 4 engines in mid-air, and then safely make an emergency landing in Jakarta. source source1
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Aerial photographer Robert B. Haas encountered a magical moment in Yucatan, Mexico when he looked down from his plane and realized that a bunch of flamingos were hanging out in the shape of a giant flamingo. source source1 source2
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A high school student was sucked out of an airplane after it was struck by lightning. She fell 3.2 kilometers to the ground still strapped to her chair and lived. Only to endure a 9 day walk to the nearest civilization. She was the only survivor. source source1
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Pilots and co-pilots usually eat different meals in case one causes food poisoning.