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I used to believe that when you flew in an airplane, and looked down, you would see the states outlines just like on a map.
I thought the lines in the sky left behind by airplanes were "sky scrapers". Makes sense.
i used to think that aircraft carriers were a type of helicopter. when told that we were going to go on an aircraft carrier i was very dissapointed when i discovered that it was just a ship.
I had a friend who told me that he used to think that the conveyor belt from which you collected your luggage at your destination was the same one that you put it on when you checked in. So presumably there must be an international network of conveyor belts either under the sea or up in the sky!
my mum once told me when i was about 6 or 7 yrs old, that if you were on an aeroplane an it was going to crash you had to put your slippers on and open the plane window , then hang one leg out of the window and you would get sucked out. i was terrified of flying for years after that and still think of it now when i have to go on a plane!! ( i`m 43 !!!)
I used to believe that Concorde's nose was used to drink water with when it was thirsty.
This 'factoid' remained uncorrected in my 'mental fact archive' until the age of 20 when watching an airshow on the TV.
I remember seeing Concorde coming in to land with it's nose bent down and thinking "Ah - it'll be having a drink after it's landed.... EHHH???? WTF???"
Thanks Dad for telling me that when watching an airshow on the TV when I was 4......
When I was little, I believed that aeroplanes were sent into the air by giant slingshots.
The first time I went on an airplane, I overheard my parents saying something about being "bumped" when you flew on an airplane, and I heard them saying you got wherever you were going faster if you were bumped. That was about all I heard. I had no idea what being "bumped" meant, so naturally, I assumed that it meant you were, quite literally, bumped to your destination. I figured that you got on the plane, and the plane got on top of a big trampoline, and the plane bounced so high that when you landed, you wound up where you wanted to go. Either that, or your family got on a big trampoline (without any plane or anything to keep you safe) and bounced to your destination along a big, long trail of trampolines. I wasn't quite sure how that got you there faster, though.
I used to think that aeroplanes came to your house to pick you up.
When I was little I did not understand why people were afaid they would get hurt in a plane crash. I thought you could just jump out of the plane right before it hit the ground and walk away.
when i was little i used to think that when you were in the check in lounge waiting on the seats that you were actually on the plane!
i wandered why it never moved very fast!
i used to believe that when my nan used to go on holiday she used to go sun bathing in the clouds because no1 ever explained to me that her plane landed at the other end.
When there was a bit of turbulence I was told that the plane was bouncing on the clouds like a trampoline. I used to love aeroplane flights!
my parents told me just before i went on my first plane ride that elephants flew behind the plane, pushing it along (Dumbo) and that i had to peddle to help them. When i boarded i paniked at the absence of footpedals and told a startled stewardess and a few passengers off for not helping the poor elephant. They also told me that the expression "paid peanuts" was what they gave the elephants in return for their services!
When I was little I always thought when you went to the bathroom on the plane, it just was a hole, and thats why we feel random rain drops sometimes. I used to use the plane potty and run to the window to see if I could see it flying in the sky!! And I cried when I got hit by that random raindrop cause I thought it was pee!
i used to believe that cotton came from the clouds up above....that airplanes just used to go up there and scoop it up and bring it back down...
When I was 4 my father used to be a gunner on the large B-52 airplanes. Living on base near the flight strip was loud to say the least. Everytime a B-52 flew overhead, I thought it was going to dump cheese on our house. I STILL have no clue where I got such an insane idea from.
i am 15 and up until 2 years ago i thought the orange and white transmitters near the airport were the whole thing!! when i was little everytime we'd ride by my mom would point to them and say look there is the airport...i never knew she ment behind the transmitters...and i couldnt ever figure out how a plane could land on that little bitty thing!!
As a child I believed the sky was a solid blue layer. It was quite obvious therefore that vapour trails were where planes scratched the sky.
If I saw a spotlight beaming into the sky, I used to believe an airplane was lost and they were searching for it. Later in life I learned the beams of light were from spotlights used for commercial purposes, like a grand opening of a store, etc.