* Most people at the time of the Wright brothers’ first flight attempts on December 17, 1903, thought that the airplane had NO purpose for transportation and was just a dangerous sport.
* The distance covered by the 1903 Wright Flyer was less than the wingspan of today's 747 Jumbo Jet!
- The Wright brothers’ first attempt went 120 ft. That’s about 20 people, about 6ft. tall, lined end to end!
- Amelia Earhart was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The year was 1928.
- Did you know that pilots and co-pilots can not eat the same meal while in flight?
- Every 37 seconds, an airplane takes off from Chicago O’Hare’s International Airport. That’s about 100 airplanes each hour.
- The word used for aviation help, “Mayday”, comes from the French “m’aides" meaning “help me.”
- Did you know that 1/3 of your taste buds get numb while flying?
- Bessie Coleman was an American aviator and the first African American female pilot. She was also the first American to receive an international pilot’s license.
- It is said that Gustave Whitehead successful powered an aircraft in Bridgeport, CT, on August 14, 1901. That is two years before the Wright Brothers. Whitehead's craft, called the Condor, did two flights on that date. Reaching 50 Ft., the distance covered was 1 1/2 miles.
- Aerophobia is the fear of flying.
- KLM is the world’s oldest airline, started in 1919.
- Wright Brothers( A Webquest): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Wright-Brothers-and-the-AirplaneA-WebquestExtension-Activities-628501
- Bessie Coleman( Reader’s Theater Script): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bessie-Coleman-AviatorReaders-Theater-Script-1687487
- Amelia Earhart (Reader’s Theater Script): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Amelia-EarhartBiographical-PlayTo-Tell-the-Truth-Play-348663