How to tell airplanes apart?
List of identifying features of some popular airplanes in service today.
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Some Aviation Facts
It may comfort you to know 95.7 percent of people involved in plane crashes survive.
Two million passengers in the U.S. board more than 30,000 flights every day.
The oldest airline still operating under the same name is Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
The BD-5 Micro is the world's smallest jet aircraft. It has a wingspan of 14 to 21 ft. and weighs 358 lbs. Only 100 were made, but many variants still fly today; one famously appeared in the Bond film Octopussy.
One of the largest military aircraft, the C-5 stands six stories tall. Its length of 143 feet is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight of 120 ft.
Flying at 70,000 ft
The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is a single-engine, high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet / 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering. The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes.