16 Jet Plane Fun Facts
- 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.
- 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.
- A jet aircraft flies much faster at higher altitudes as high as 33,000–49,000 ft, than a propeller-powered aircraft.
- 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.
- 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.
- During late World War II, Germany made the first operational jet fighter which was the fastest conventional aircraft then.
- The first commercial airliner was de Havilland Comet, produced in 1949 by Britain.
- In 1963, Boeing produced the 727, which is widely used till date and in 1969 came out with its first jumbo jet 747.
- Modern jet fighters commonly fly in excess of 1,000 mph and up to about 1,600 mph.
- The noise in jet planes is due to shockwaves that form when the exhaust jet interacts with the external air.
- Unmanned scramjets, military fighters are now being designed for stealth and payload.
- 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.
- The famous supersonic commercial jet airplane Concorde, made its first flight in 1976. It was produced by Aerospatiale, a French/British consortium.
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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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