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.
Percival Fansler, who sold boat engines, came up with the idea of a regularly scheduled air route and raised investors in St. Petersburg. The plane was a Model 14 Benoist airboat with a 75-horsepower engine and a top speed of 64 miles per hour. The plane could hold the pilot and one passenger. The passenger service flew twice a day, six days a week, and transported over 1200 people while it was in business.Learn More
Each passenger on a commercial flight in the United States is allowed one carry-on bag that can have liquids in 3.4-ounce containers that all fit into one quart-sized plastic zipper bag, as of November 2014. Normal carry-on items such as clothes, personal consumer electronics, medicines and nonliquid personal hygiene items are allowed. All carry-on bags must be inspected at airport checkpoints.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Plane mirrors are used in kaleidoscopes, microscopes, periscopes, SLR cameras, overhead projectors, car wing mirrors, looking mirrors, wall mirrors and dressing mirrors among others. They are most suitably used when a person needs an accurate representation of an object. They provide a reflection that is an actual proportionate size of an object, which makes them useful for scrutinizing an object’s attributes.Full Answer >
Window shutters on an airplane are in the up position at take off for safety reasons. Having the shutters open provides the crew as well as the passengers the ability to spot any potential dangers outside the aircraft.Full Answer >