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710, 2022

How Fast Do Planes Fly?

When you see a plane in the sky, it doesn’t look like they’re moving too fast, nor does it feel like it when you’re on the airplane. You really only feel the movement if you’re taking off, landing, or encountering turbulence during your flight. Your ears might pop, or your stomach feels like it jumps into your chest. All other times, it feels like smooth sailing. You can track the distance flown on the tablet on the back of most seats, but have you ever wondered exactly how fast do planes fly? Typically a commercial jet can fly between 740-930 [...]

110, 2022

Is There WiFi on Planes?

We are so connected to our technology that the idea of unplugging for a few hours while on a flight may be enough to induce a slight panic attack. Never fear. WiFi is available on most flights, though it may cost you depending on the airline you’re flying with. Whether for free or for a fee, you can be back up and running in no time, re-connected to the digital world around you. However, keep in mind it won’t be as fast as you’re used to on the ground – in-flight WiFi has room for improvement. How Can I Get [...]

2509, 2022

How High Does a Plane Fly?

Perspective is a funny thing. When you see a plane flying high above you, it seems so tiny – close enough that you can hear it sometimes, but far enough away that it looks almost like a toy. Yet, when you’re on the plane looking down at the world below, the world appears like a dollhouse with neat rows of houses, perfectly laid out parks, and bodies of water. If you squint hard enough, you may be able to see people playing, or crowds gathered, depending on how high your plane is flying. But how high does a typical plane [...]

1909, 2022

Who Invented the Plane?

While it may seem like modern technology, airplanes were invented more than 100 years ago. Orville and Wilbur Wright had their first successful flight on December 17, 1903, but a lot of work went into that beforehand – though the title of who invented the first plane is still up for debate to this day. What Inspired the Wright Brothers? When they were young, their father gifted them with a toy helicopter. It flew, and the brothers quickly became interested in flying. They educated themselves as they grew up, making money by entering the printing business and later the bicycle [...]

1309, 2022

When Were Planes Invented?

Most history books will claim that the first airplane was invented on December 17, 1903, after the Wright Brothers first successful flight. However, there is some debate on who should hold that title after historical evidence has surfaced over the years. But let’s take a step back to look back at the evolution of planes to get a sense of where we started and how far we’ve come since that first powered flight. Just because the Wright Brothers flew in 1903, doesn’t mean that’s when flying technologies started. Origins of Flying More than 2,000 years ago, there were legends in [...]

709, 2022

How Do Planes Fly?

The Wright Brothers changed the world in December 1903 with what was arguably the world’s first flight, though there is some debate if others came before them. Regardless, that 12-second flight revolutionized travel, opening the skies in ways that had only been dreamed about before. The Wright Brothers couldn’t have imagined what their discovery would make possible over 100 years later. Now, we use the same basic principles to fly planes, though our airborne time has increased significantly. The longest direct flight takes about 17 and a half hours, which can get you from Singapore and New York – a [...]

109, 2022

How Many Planes Crash in a Year?

It’s said that flying is the safest way to travel, especially if you’re flying commercially. Most plane crashes in any given year are with smaller, privately-owned planes. These planes have less sophisticated technologies, including in-flight programs that help pilots navigate various weather conditions easily. Just because it’s the safest way to fly doesn’t mean there still aren’t accidents. So how many planes crash in a year? The number of plane crashes varies yearly, but roughly, assume that there are between 70-90 crashes per year. Keep in mind that includes all types of crashes, including commercial planes and privately-owned ones worldwide. [...]

2608, 2022

Can Planes Fly in the Snow?

If it’s started to snow and your flight is supposed to take off soon, don’t panic yet. Planes can fly perfectly fine in the snow, as long as there isn’t pesky ice clogging up the runway. If you’re wondering if your plane can fly in the snow, the answer is it depends. Large passenger planes have no problem flying in the snow, while smaller planes may not be able to handle the same conditions. Consider the type of flight you’re taking before worrying if the plane can take off safely, and adjust your plans accordingly. Flights that are canceled or [...]

2008, 2022

Can Planes Fly in the Rain?

If you’re on your way to the airport during a big rainstorm, you might find yourself wondering, “Can planes fly in the rain?” Even as you check your airline app and see your flight, you breathe a sigh of relief as you see it hasn’t been delayed yet. However, you can’t help the question from popping into your head – making a mental note to look it up when you’re through security. The answer is yes. Planes can fly in the rain. With modern technology, they can fly – and land! – safely in all sorts of weather conditions. What [...]

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