The first non-stop transatlantic flight happened in 1919. A modified WWI bomber with an open cockpit took off from Newfoundland, Canada with a crew of two. They almost spiraled into the ocean twice in heavy fog, had to climb onto the wings to clear ice, and landed in a bog in Connemara, Ireland.
The first recorded flight of a human with artificial wings happened in the year 6 CE. Emperor Kao Yang liked to strap kites to his prisoners and throw them off of towers. One lucky guy, Yuan Huang T’ou, got a kite that worked well enough to carry him safely to the ground.
The shortest commercial flight in the world is 2 minutes long (and a return ticket costs £39).
A woman who was lucky enough to have missed her flight on the doomed Air France 447 died in a car crash on the way home.
In 1996, a 7-year-old girl attempted to become the youngest person to fly across the US. 24 hours into the record attempt, her plane went down, killing her, her flight instructor, and her father.
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.