The Concorde and Supersonic Travel

Although the only aircraft breaking the sound barrier these days are fighter jets, regular passengers were once traveling supersonically too. Supersonic flight takes place when you are traveling through the air at a speed that is greater than the velocity of sound. Although the speed of sound can vary based on the atmospheric pressure and…

How Do Airplanes Go in Reverse?

If you’ve driven a car, you know that being able to go in reverse is just as important as being able to go forward. In a car, you simply need to switch gears to change the direction you’re traveling in. For an airplane however, going in reverse is a little bit different of an operation.…

Why Airplane Windows are Round

Walk into any home and the majority of windows you see are square. There may be a decorative one that is completely circular or have an arched top, but most will be square. However, if you’ve ever sat on an airplane and looked out the window, that window was round. It may surprise you to…

The History of Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator sunglasses: a classic look that goes with anything from a three piece suit to a swimsuit. They may even be a part of your summer style. Like many things we use day to day (like Kleenex and Duct Tape) aviator sunglasses were invented by the military. Now aviators are used by both military personnel…

The Top 5 Aviation Museums in the US

Planning a family vacation this summer but don’t know what to do? Museums are always a great choice. Although there are aviation museums all over the country- and the world- here are the top 5 best aviation museums in the US. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum If you plan on visiting our nation’s capital…

The Origins of AMT Day

Although pilots and flight attendants are most often credited with the success of flights, it is the people we don’t see behind the scenes that make air travel possible. Without aviation maintenance technicians, airplanes wouldn’t even be able to get up off the ground. Every May 24th we take the time to honor these individuals…