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Fun Facts about Jet Planes

General Knowledge | 6-13 yrs | Animation, Video

16 Jet Plane Fun Facts

  1. In the 18th century, Isaac Newton was the first to theorize that a rearward-channeled explosion could propel a machine forward at a great rate of speed.
  2. A jet propulsion system which used piston-engine exhaust gases to add heat to an otherwise pure air stream compressed by rotating fan blades in a duct was patented by Henri Coanda in 1910.
  3. A jet aircraft flies much faster at higher altitudes as high as 33,000–49,000 ft, than a propeller-powered aircraft.
  4. The jet engine consist of an engine with a rotary air compressor powered by a turbine, with the leftover power providing thrust via a propelling nozzle.
  5. The Italian Caproni Campini N.1 motorjet prototype that flew on August 27, 1940 was the first flight of a jet engined aircraft to come to popular attention.
  6. During late World War II, Germany made the first operational jet fighter which was the fastest conventional aircraft then.
  7. The first commercial airliner was de Havilland Comet, produced in 1949 by Britain.
  8. In 1963, Boeing produced the 727, which is widely used till date and in 1969 came out with its first jumbo jet 747.
  9. Modern jet fighters commonly fly in excess of 1,000 mph and up to about 1,600 mph.
  10. The noise in jet planes is due to shockwaves that form when the exhaust jet interacts with the external air.
  11. Unmanned scramjets, military fighters are now being designed for stealth and payload.
  12. The world’s fastest manned jet airplane which flies at about Mach 3.5 (more than 2,000 mph) is the U.S. Air Force’s SR-71 Blackbird.
  13. The famous supersonic commercial jet airplane Concorde, made its first flight in 1976. It was produced by Aerospatiale, a French/British consortium.
  14. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud owns the world’s most expensive private jet, an Airbus A380, which also has a two-car garage, a stable for horses and camels, and a prayer room that rotates so it always faces Mecca.
  15. The US makes up 49.7% of the world market for private jets; Europe 20.8%; Asia Pacific 11.8%; Latin and South America 11.6%; Africa and the Middle East: 6.1%.
  16. Some celebrities even fly jet planes themselves, like Tom Cruise (Gulfstream IV), Jimmy Buffett (Dassault Falcon 900), and John Travolta who owns eleven jets, including a Boeing 707.

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