How fast a plane goes depends on the type of plane and other factors such as altitude and weather conditions. As of 2014, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has the official record for a manned airplane speed, at 2,193 mph.Know More
Some experimental, rocket-powered aircraft go much faster. For example, the X-15 is powered by a rocket and holds the record for the fastest manned aircraft, at 4,520 mph. This record was reached in 1963.
As of 2014, among current military aircraft, the F-15 Eagle fighter jet reaches speeds of about 1,650 mph. At the same time, commercial jetliners typically travel between 430 and 560 mph. Jets use powerful jet engines that are quiet and work well at high altitudes.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters
The weight of an airplane depends on its size, type and configuration. The FAA classifies aircraft into six weight classes, the smallest being for airplanes under 12,500 pounds and the largest being for airplanes over 300,000 pounds.Full Answer >
The record for maximum altitude achieved by a helicopter is 40,820 feet. This record was set on June 21, 1972 by French aviator and test pilot Jean Boulet, who was piloting an Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama.Full Answer >
Rules regarding packing razors in airplane luggage depend on the type of razor in question. Disposable razors and cartridges are allowed in carry-on bags, while most other types of razor must be secured in a checked bag.Full Answer >
The first passenger plane was invented by Thomas Benoist. Designated as a "flying boat," the world's first scheduled passenger airline service took place in 1914. Flying from St. Petersburg, Fla. to Tampa, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line ran for four months.Full Answer >