Professional and amateur pilots love this hobby and, like most others, tend to know a handful of random facts about their hobby of choice. So without further adieu, did you know these 8 amazing flying facts?

1. The oldest airline was established in 1919.
2. Alaska Airlines was the first to allow online check ins -- way back in 1999!
3. The "Black Box" in a commercial airplane? It's actually orange.
4. At any given time, there are about 5,000 airplanes in U.S. skies.
5. The difference in air pressure while flying can actually change your taste buds.
6. While Chuck Yeager is known for breaking the sound barrier, he actually trained astronauts later in his life.
7. While so many of us love flying, only 5% of the world's population has actually flown!
8. There's a microjet called the Bede BD-5 that only weighs 358 pounds but can reach speeds upwards of 300mph.

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