Today we have collected some weird but true facts from the world of aviation to brighten your day! From money saving moves to an eating habit that will definitely leave you scratching your head, when it comes to the bizarre – you only have to look to the skies! Here are 10 weird facts about aviation:
The captain and the first officer must always eat different meals during a flight, just in case one of them gets sick.
Michel Lotito holds the world record for eating an entire aircraft. In 1990’s, he spent two years eating a Cessna 150. Lotito wasted nothing on his plate; he consumed everything from the upholstered leather seats and the tyres.
A man once wore 70 items of clothing in a Chinese airport to avoid a baggage charge.
Prince Charles and Prince William will never fly in the same aircraft, just in case there is a crash.
A surgeon performed an operation on a plane using a coat hanger sterilized with brandy. After a passenger started complaining of chest pain. Angus Wallace assessed the women and teremined that she was most likely suffering from tension pneumothorax. He used part of a coat hanger sterilized with brandy to insert a tube into her chest cavity.
MAYDAY’ is derived from the French word m’aidez, which means help me!
Ears pop because as the plane climbs and the atmosphere outside becomes thinner, the cabin is artificially pressurised to a level that is different from the atmospheric pressure we are accustomed to on the ground. Air trapped in our bodies at standart atmospheric pressure, such as that in the twisting Eustachian tubes that link our middle ears to our mouths and nose, starts to expand.
In 1987 American airlines saved 40 000$ by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class.
More than 80% of the population is afraid of flying. 5% completely abandons flights and take alternative forms of travel. The scientific name of fear and flight altitude – aerophobia.