Impressive Information About Flying

At any given time, there are 9,700 planes and 1.2 million people in the sky

The exact numbers, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware, are on average, 9,728 planes with a total of 1,270,406 people. That would make the skies the 156th most populous country in the world, right between Estonia and East Timor.

There's a red light on the left wing and a green light on the right

At night, it’s hard for pilots to see other aircraft. Every plane has a red light on the left wing and green on the right, so other pilots can easily identify which way the plane is facing and what direction it’s going.

At takeoff and landing, planes travel between 150 and 200 mph

Fast, huh!?

Fast, huh!?

A few years back, Virgin America conducted a highly scientific study on its Facebook page, in which 41% of men admitted to crying at in-flight movies, and 55% of people said they felt more emotional while flying. We, too, have straight up bawled watching Gran Torino on a flight, so we looked into it -- the stresses of travel, plus the decreased oxygen and mild hypoxia one experiences at altitude, has a major effect on moods. It’s not just you.

A Boeing 767 holds 1,200 minivans worth of fuel

That’s 23,980 gallons, and it can be filled up in 28 minutes. It also puts enough air through its engines to fill a Goodyear Blimp in seven seconds.

A Boeing 787 can fly 10,000 miles on one tank of gas

That means it could fly the circumference of the Earth and only need to stop for gas twice. Dads around the world, rejoice!

If you think of the world as a globe, planes would be flying about 1/10th of an inch off the surface

This is assuming a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. It’s a big ‘ol sky up there.