• What is the oldest continuous airport in the U.S.?
      College Park Airport is the oldest continuously operating airport in the United States and is one of the oldest airports in the world, having been in continuous operation since 1909.
    • Every U.S. President from Franklin D. Rossevelt to William “Bill” Clinton has had an airport named after him except one. Name the exception.
      Richard Nixon
    • The Memphis Belle is famous for being the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber in WWII to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the U.S. What type of aircraft was the Memphis Belle?
      Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress
    • What is the world’s fastest airplane and at what MACH number did it fly?
      The Fastest Plane on Earth. Since 1976, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest 'air-breathing manned aircraft' with a recorded speed of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h). That works out to a staggering 36.55 miles/58.83 km per minute.
    • Identify the nearby airport below (hint – initial true course is 181).

      Cordele, GA CKF


    • How many people are in the air right now in this country?
      At any given hour there are approximately 61,000 people in the air over the USA. During a 24-hour day, over 2 million passengers board over 30,000 flights.
    • Playboy founder Hugh Hefner called his personal jet the “Big Bunny”. What type of aircraft was it?
      Possibly the most famous DC-9 was Playboy Hugh Hefner's private executive jet called the "Big Bunny." It was used as his personal jet transport from February of 1969 through June of 1976. It had about a 15-foot longer fuselage and a three-foot longer wingspan than its predecessors. Its leading-edge slats spanned the entire wing, allowing for better handling at lower speeds. Overall weight of the aircraft was increased by 5,000 lbs. The DC-9 interior was modified to include Hefner's private quarters with its own king size waterbed. The quarters could be accessed through the aircraft's rear stairway. Also included was a bar, dance floor, lounge, sunken soaking tub, and shower.
    • Name the American, 4-seat, single-engine, high-wing aircraft, with over 44,000 built, that is the most produced of any aircraft in the history of the world.
      The Cessna 172 was developed as a tricycle undercarriage successor to its taildragger predecessor. Cessna called the landing gear “Land-O-Matic”. The new aircraft, introduced in 1956, used larger wing flaps, called “Para Lift”. It was powered by a Continental 0-300 145 hp engine. Cost was US$8,995.
    • What was the first aircraft to hold concurrent records for speed, altitude, and time to altitude?
      The first aircraft to hold concurrent records for maximum velocity, highest flight, and time to altitude was the F-104 (officially Lockheed F-104 Starfighter).
    • A popular 1980s television show featured a ‘stealth’ helicopter with almost unbelievable features and performance. What was the name of the show (and helicopter)?
      Airwolf was a fictional armored stealth helicopter in a weekly TV show. It could perform high-g maneuvers and fly at supersonic speeds.


    • Where is the tallest air traffic control tower in the world?
      You can find the world's tallest air traffic control tower at Thailand’s New Bangkok International Airport. At 434 feet, it’s as tall as a 40-story skyscraper. And yes, for those contemplating an ATC career in Bangkok, it does have an elevator.
    • In which airport(s) can you dispose of your unused marijuana legally?
      Tourists leaving Las Vegas can now dispose of their leftover, legally-purchased marijuana at specially designated bins outside the McCarran International Airport, rather than hastily smoking it before the flight, or just donating it to a "chill bro" on the way out of town. The Colorado Springs Airport features a “pot amnesty box” for travelers to dump their unused stash, no questions asked.
    • Do you take your golf clubs with you? Where can you play nine and not leave the airport?
      Have a layover in Hong Kong? Why not play some golf? The Hong Kong International Airport boasts a nine-hole USGA-approved course next to Terminal 2, and it is open to travelers.
    • Remember the 1970 film, “Airport”, starring Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy and Dean Martin? What airport was used to film the airport scenes?
      The field and terminal scenes were filmed entirely at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, due to the abundance of snowfall during the winter months there, although at first, the film's producers were forced to use bleached sawdust as a supplement, to make up for the lack of falling snow, until a snowstorm hit the Twin Cities area during the production of the film. The production staff filmed the exterior scenes of the fictitious Lincoln Intl Airport at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport. As of 2018, the airport exterior remains the same.
    • How do you reduce complaints about ‘waiting for baggage’ at an airline terminal?
      From the New York Times: SOME years ago, executives at a Houston airport faced a troubling customer-relations issue. Passengers were lodging an inordinate number of complaints about the long waits at baggage claim. In response, the executives increased the number of baggage handlers working that shift. The plan worked: the average wait fell to eight minutes, well within industry benchmarks. But the complaints persisted.
      Puzzled, the airport executives undertook a more careful, on-site analysis. They found that it took passengers a minute to walk from their arrival gates to baggage claim and seven more minutes to get their bags. Roughly 88 percent of their time, in other words, was spent standing around waiting for their bags.
      So the airport decided on a new approach: instead of reducing wait times, they simply increased walking time. It moved the arrival gates away from the main terminal and routed bags to the outermost carousel. Passengers now had to walk six times longer to get their bags. Complaints dropped to near zero.



    • The FAA requires that all airplanes be capable of being evacuated in 90 seconds. It takes only a minute and half for a fire to spread and engulf a plane.
    • In 1986, a plane called Voyager flew all the way around the world without landing or refueling.
    • In 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
    • Air travel is the second safest form or transportation. Only the elevator/escalator is safer, although it would take quite some time to travel 1,000 miles on an escalator
    • Only 5% of the world’s population has ever been on an aeroplane. Though the aviation sector is growing rapidly, many people, especially from the underdeveloped regions, have never ever been in an aircraft and it is not likely that they will have an opportunity to fly in all of their lives. However, at the same time a small minority of the world’s population fly very regularly. 5% of world’s population of 7,714,576,923 would be 385,728,846
    • Bonus:
      April 2010 – Police arrested two women after they tried to take the body of a dead relative on to a plane at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Staff became suspicious when they tried to check in 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant, who was wearing sunglasses, for a flight to Berlin on Saturday. The women - his widow and step-daughter - said they thought he was asleep.
      They were arrested on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death, police said. The pair, who are German nationals but live in Oldham, Greater Manchester, were released on bail. (Source: BBC News)