11 Facts About Airplanes You Probably Didn’t Know

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Most of us have ridden on an airplane, and some of us might have a basic understanding of how they work, but there is always more to learn. Keep reading for facts about airplanes you probably didn’t know!

Their Tires Are Specially Designed

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The tires on planes can handle 38 tons and hit the ground going over 100 mph over 500 times before needing to be replaced! 

No Seat Is “Safest”

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We’re not excited to share this fact, but unfortunately, the survivability between the front, middle, and back of the plane is only off by one percentage point. On the plus side, that percentage is still higher than zero.

There Is Specialty Tape to Fix the Plane

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There have been plenty of viral pictures of tape seemingly holding aircraft together. That is called speed tape and comes in at $700 per roll.

Planes Can Still Fly After Losing an Engine

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This is a refreshing fact after the seat one we mentioned earlier. Planes are still good to fly, some for up to five hours, after losing the use of one engine. We will still freak out, but maybe a little less.

Planes Can Be Struck by Lightning

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Being giant metal objects in the sky, it’s no surprise airplanes get hit with lightning. They are specially designed however to channel that current through the fuselage and out through the tail.

The Tiny Hole in the Window

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There are three panes of glass in airplane windows. The outside one keeps the outside out, the middle one is a failsafe if the outer one cracks, and the inner one has a hole to regulate pressure for the middle one.

The Infamous Black Box Is a Lie

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Ok, we’re exaggerating a little bit here. The black box is genuine, but it is bright orange, which feels like a lie. This does make it easier to find after an accident though.

Landing Is the Most Dangerous

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Many people don’t like the turbulence and have an image of the plane plummeting from the sky in their heads. The most dangerous moments are those final few as the plane descends and lands making up for 48% of accidents.

Bathrooms Don’t Really Lock

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This is a whole new fear for us now, but for obvious reasons, plane bathrooms can be accessed by staff at any time. Don’t worry, though. They will respect the “in use” sign unless you’re doing something dangerous.

What Are Contrails

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Contrails are condensation, hence the “con” at the beginning of their name. Hot water is pumped through and out of the exhaust of the plane, turning to visible white vapor when it hits the cool air.

Plane Doors Can’t Open Mid-Flight

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We are going to end on a good note. All those shows you have seen where a plane door is opened mid-flight, causing instant chaos, are purely movie magic. There is simply too much of a pressure difference that only the Incredible Hulk would be able to manage.

10 Awesome Movies To Watch if You’re a ‘Top Gun’ Fan

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Redditor u/TooManyPxls asked for “Movies about piloting aircraft.” They continued, “So I bought Chorus on Steam and like to take related movie breaks between gaming sessions. Does anyone know any good piloting movies? It doesn’t necessarily need to be in space.” Reddit responded with these ten aviation gems in no particular order.

10 Awesome Movies To Watch if You’re a ‘Top Gun’ Fan

10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation Adjusted)

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Ever debated the greatest movies? Well, we’re counting cash, not critics. Here’s an inflation-adjusted roundup of the top 10 box office champions—because modern-day blockbusters can’t just inflate their way to the top! This list represents the highest-grossing movies of all time.

10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation Adjusted)

9 Signs You’re Smarter Than Average and Three Signs You’re Not

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Do you think you’re smarter than most of the population? Check out these signs to see if you make the cut or if you should go back to school. 

9 Signs You’re Smarter Than Average and Three Signs You’re Not

Best Gas Stations in America Worth Stopping For

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Gas stations are typically nothing more than mere pit stops during long journeys, serving the functional purpose of refueling vehicles. However, there are some exceptional gas stations across America that go beyond the ordinary, offering unique experiences and amenities that make them destinations in their own right! 

Best Gas Stations in America Worth Stopping For

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Robert Sihler is an educator, freelance writer, and rock climbing guide and instructor living with his family in Driftwood, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction, streaming films, completing crossword puzzles, and rock climbing. When he goes on vacation, he likes to visit the mountains of the West and climb remote, obscure peaks that have seen few or no prior ascents.