November 15, 2013

Deadly Rapids Facts

    Kayak Rescue

  • Tom Sietas, of Germany, holds the World Record for holding his breath underwater for 22:22.

  • On display at the Munich State Museum of Ethnology, is the world's oldest existing kayak. Built by the North American Inuits 4000 years ago, its materials are sealskin over driftwood.

  • Kayaking debuted as an official sport in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.

  • Lasting only 3.7 seconds, the highest recorded waterfall plunge in a kayak is 186 feet.

  • The use of kayaks in the military date as far back as WWII.

  • Chased by Wild Fire

  • In 1736, Benjamin Franklin established the very first volunteer fire station in Philadelphia.

  • Launched in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in American history.

  • Wisconsin’s Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 is believed to be the worst wildfire in U.S. history, which killed as many as 1,500 people, and burned at least 1.2 million acres of land. That’s well over the size of Rhode Island, and the equivalent of 1400 Central Parks back to back!

  • Though dry weather and high winds can help feed the flames… four out of every five wildfires are caused by humans.

  • On average, there are more than 100,000 wildfires in the US annually. And recently, they have scorched as much as 9 million acres of land in a single year.

  • Low Pressure Drops Plane

  • In 1910, Raymonde De LaRoche, of France, was the first woman in the world to get a pilot license.

  • In 2007, a young man successfully outbid all others on eBay to be the first passenger to fly aboard the world’s new largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, from Singapore to Sydney. The winning bid: $100,380.00.

  • The longest non-stop commercial flight ever goes to Singapore Airlines spanning 18.5 hours across 9,505 miles from Singapore to New Jersey.

  • In 1942, German test pilot Helmut Schenck becomes the first person to successfully eject himself from a flying aircraft in an emergency situation.

  • Nicknamed ‘The Boneyard’, The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tuscan, AZ is the world’s biggest plane cemetery. The size of 1,300 football fields, this property is the resting place to over 4,200 military aircraft with an estimated worth of $35 billion dollars.

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