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Which country continued production of Messerschmitt Bf 109G after the end of World War II?
Czechoslovakia. Avia S-99 and Avia S-199 were constructed with parts and plans left over from Luftwaffe aircraft production that had taken place under the country's German occupation during the war. Avia S-199 was the first fighter plane of Israeli Air Force, used during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War - where it met Spitfires on the Egyptian side.
Which company produced the world's first commercial jet airliner?
De Havilland. English-made de Havilland DH 106 Comet was introduced in 1952 by British Airways. A year after, Comet airframes began suffering catastrophic metal fatigue, with three of them tearing apart during mid-flight.
The first rocket planes ever to be mass-produced were the Messerschmitt Me 163 in 1944. Which other country used rocket planes during WW2?
Japan. The MXY-7 Navy Suicide Attacker Ohka (pictured) was a manned flying bomb that was usually carried underneath a Mitsubishi G4M2e "Betty" Model 24J bomber to within range of its target; on release, the pilot would first glide towards the target and when close enough he would fire the Ohka's three solid-fuel rockets. The Japanese produced approximately 850 Ohkas, and seven US ships were damaged or sunk by them throughout the war.
In which war did jet aircraft fight each other for the first time?
Korean War. For the initial months of the war, the P-80 Shooting Star, F9F Panther, and other jets under the UN flag dominated North Korea's prop-driven air force. The Chinese intervention in late October 1950 brought MiG-15 Fagot to battle, one of the world's most advanced jet fighters. MiGs were often steered by well trained Soviet pilots, so the aerial warfare continued till the end of the war.
What is the longest an heaviest aircraft ever built?
Antonov An-225 Mriya. The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, designed in the Soviet Union during the 80's. It is the longest and heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes.
Which airline is the largest by the number of passengers?
Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), commonly referred to as Delta, is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, Delta Air Lines was the world's largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers carried (120.6 million).
At what altitude do airliners fly on long-distance flights?
Approx 35,000 ft. Airplanes fly at high altitudes because of the reduction in drag, and to get into the jet streams. The Polar Jet stream ranges from 23,000 ft to 40,000 ft. The subtropical jet stream ranges from 33,0000 ft to 50,000 ft.