Kid Facts

Q: How fast do planes go?
A: Military turboprops cruise at 350 mph (560 km/hr) and jet fighters routine exceed the speed of sound (768 mph or 1235 km/hr at sea level).

Q: How high do planes go?
A: Civilian passenger jets cruise at between 30,000 and 39,000 feet. Military aircraft can attain greater altitudes. Prop planes are limited to about 20,000 feet. A small plane can legally fly 2000 feet.

Q: How long do pilots go to school?
A: For a pilot starting a career, you need approximately 2,000 hours of flight time and as much multi-engine time as possible to be competitive in the job hunt.

Q: What’s the biggest airplane and how many people can fit in it?
A: A Boeing 747-400 can hold 524 people, not counting the crew. However, the new AirBus A380, which is currently underdevelopment, might be able to accomodate 840 passengers.

Q: What causes the white smoke behind airplanes?
A It is actually water vapor. Water is a by-product of combustion. The "contrails" occur at specific altitudes each day depending on the atmospheric conditions.

Q: How high is the tallest control tower?
A: The world's highest control tower is Vancouver Harbour Control Tower, situated on top of the 142 meter skyscraper 200 Granville Square, in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The world's tallest free standing control tower is the 132.2 m (434 feet) Suvarnabhumi Airport control tower, 25 km east of Bangkok, Thailand

Q: What year was the first plane invented and who invented it?
A: The Airplane was invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright; the first officially recorded flight of their airplane was on December 23, 1903 in North Carolina. The plane flew for 12 seconds and traversed a distance of 120 feet; it was built of wood and had an engine of 12 horsepower.

Fun Things to do on an airplane:

  • Push the flight attendant call button and pretend it gave you a shock. 
  • Call the Psychic Hotline and ask if they know where you are (only do this when phones are permitted on).
  • Drop a pen in the aisle and wait until someone reaches to pick it up and scream, “That’s mine!”
  • Lay down a Twister mat in the back of the plane and ask people if they’d like to play.
  • Swat at flies that don’t exist.
  • When the attendant passes out pillows yell, “pillow fight!”
  • Wear a puppet on your hand and use it to talk to other passengers.
  • Blow your nose and offer to show the contents of your kleenex to other passengers.
  • Offer name tags to everyone getting on the plane. Wear yours upside-down.
  • Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: "I've got new socks on!"
  • Challenge the person next to you with a “Thumb War.”
  • Ring the stewardess button frequently and always ask this question:
    “Are we there yet?”
  • Try not to think about penguins. It’s very hard.
  • Invent Eyeshadow Application techniques.
  • Barage your neighbor with one stupid question after another, for example:  What do you like better, hands or feet?  Have you ever gone cow tipping?  Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?






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