Happy National Aviation Day
August 19, 2014
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  • Happy Aviation Day and Happy Birthday, Orville Wright.

    Today, Aug. 19, is National Aviation Day.

    That’s thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the day in 1939 to commemorate Orville Wright’s birthday.

    Here are eight other aviation related figures (Data supplied by CIT Aerospace):

    1.5 million: The number of people in the air on planes at any one time.

    238.6 feet: The length of the mega Airbus A380, which is as long as eight buses and has enough room on its wings to park 70 cars.

    5 percent: Percentage of the world’s population that has ever been on an airplane.

    6 million: The number of parts it takes to make a Boeing 747.

    94 million: Passenger volume last year at the world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    1784: The first recorded flight by a woman, Elisabeth Thible, a French opera singer who rode in a hot air balloon.

    207 feet: The world distance record for a paper airplane flight, held by Stephen Krieger from the U.S.

    33 hours, 30 minutes: The time it took Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic in 1927.