During a visit to Boeing, Soviet scientists secretly applied adhesive to the bottom of their shoes in order to covertly collect metal samples from the floor.
The SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever built, would go so fast its outside temperature would reach 572 F (300C). It had to be built with components that could grow as they heated. Because of this, the jet would leak fuel until it got hot.
The Soviet Tu4 was a reversed-engineered copy of the US B29 bomber. Copied to such detail that every Tu4 had a rivet hole in one wing exactly where an unknown Boeing engineer mistakenly drilled it in the B29 used as a template.
A pilot was actually recorded saying “I picked a bad day to stop sniffin’ glue” just before crashing his 737.
During supersonic flight the fuselage of the Concorde would extend by as much as 300 mm (almost 1 ft) due to the heat generated by compression of air.
The US had to pay Iran 61.8 million for shooting down a civilian aircraft killing 290 civilian passengers in 1988, but never issued a formal apology.
A man ate an entire Cessna airplane over the course of two years.
The sound barrier was probably first broken not by Chuck Yeager, but by a Luftwaffe pilot in 1945.
About once a year, a house in the United States is hit by sewage falling from a plane.