Interesting Facts

~The Gibraltar Airport has a 4-lane highway going through the middle. When planes are taking off or landing, a barrier is put down on either side much like a train crossing. Pedestrians can even cross the runway.

~For those of you who are scared to fly, this fact may help to ease your mind! Have a great day!!!!A commercial aircraft door will not open in flight because it is actually bigger than the window frame itself, and the door opens inwards towards the cabin. To open, it must be opened inwards, rotated, and then slipped sideways out of the frame. Even if the door could somehow be opened, it would be like lifting a 2,200 pound weight

~If everyone in an airplane jumped into the air at the same time, would the plane get lighter? In fact, the opposite is true. Because of a basic law of physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so if you jump into the air, you actually force the airplane downward a little bit, thereby increasing its weight momentarily.

~Airplanes often cruise at around 35,000 feet. That sounds pretty far up, but compare this to the size of the earth itself: If the Earth were shrunk to the size of a typical desktop globe, the airplane would be cruising at only one - tenth of an inch (2.5 mm) off the surface. Wow... talk about insignificant!

~You can fit 6 million golf balls inside a Boeing 757 freighter.

~As a NASA civilian test pilot, Neil Armstrong made seven flights in the X-15 from December 1960 to July 1962. However, Armstrong wasn't the only astronaut to participate in the program; space shuttle commander Joe Engle made 16 X-15 flights, exceeding Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound on 10 of those flights.