What is the dark side of being an air hostess in India?

We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, “What is the dark side of being an air hostess in India?”

Well I have 4 of my sisters currently flying in the Indian Aviation companies and my mother was an ex-cabin crew. All my life I have heard loads of stories and the irritation coming right out. I guess I could qualify to answer this:

  1. Body clock – As Som rightly mentioned the body clock is disturbed majorly. I have seen my sister doing an early morning departure coming back home and going back again with a minimum rest(Usually 11 to 12 hours DGCA Approved). Also they are rosterred in such a way that they are flying six days a week with no fixed off also their timing change from flight to flight. But a lot of airlines are considerate enough to give enough rest time after a long international flight to get over the jet lag.
  2. Whiny Travellers – Again a point well raised by Som. To add to this even creepy passengers. Usually they get such passengers twice a week. Passengers ogling having one too many drinks acting too smart. Usually the ideology behind the duty of a cabin crew is totally misunderstood. They are treated as a low class servant/waitress/waiter. The primary duty of a cabin crew is not serving food and alcohol and entertainment of passenger, it is 110% safety and security of the passengers as well as the flight. There are robust examinations and regular refreshers for the same. So next time as passengers be more considerate rather than acting bossy.
  3. Family emergencies are usually taken care of which is not really a problem. But seasonal vacation when it is a peak season for travel like Diwali, summer holidays, Christmas etc. are a problem for the crew as they are usually on a flight on these days unless rosterred off. They are given birthday offs though.
  4. The pay is pretty decent compared to an average fresher in India but far lesser than the things that are coping up with. Pilots are well taken care of when it comes to pay in India.
  5. Yes indeed energy is one aspect where one can never let reduce be it bad passengers, scary weather etc. It is like what my very close friend mentions. It is all about putting up a show for a couple of hours after that you are back to your life.
  6. Health wise there are major set backs. Because of lack of sleep, untimely food, less consumption of water (leading to kidney stones my mother has those), loss of memory (Btw a cabin crew cannot be a legal witness as per the law, due to cabin pressure and altitude they tend to have a bad memory), fluctuation in weight.
  7. Bad fellow crew members, probably this happens more often than bad passengers. Team members acting lazy, unruly, dumbfound, careless, in panic, bossy, least bothered, etc. This is a regular the stories I have heard. Its like “If one crew member doesn’t do his/her job properly the whole team fails”, what a cabin crew friend of mine had said. In India usually people from certain areas of the country act more in the said manner. So usually the stereotypes come out.
  8. Emergency / death on board this would be a global thing but still is one of the dark side on the Cabin crew life. If during an emergency / death on board happens the Cabin crew in-charge as well as the first crew assisting needs to write a huge essay about it also needs to answer a panel with questions let alone the amount of CPR + defibrillator and seeing the person passing away right in front of you. Trust me the stories I have heard, no one would want to be in such a situation. Usually the cabin crew is debriefed and asked to take a week off to recover mentally/emotionally.
  9. Treatment by friends. Usually it gets annoying for them to answer all their friends. “No I can’t give you free tickets”, “No I don’t earn lakhs of Rupees a month”, and blocking the numerous friend request on social media. I have read the messages sent by randomest people to my sister, some of the funniest and worst English (more like hinglish).

All in All every career has a dark side but it is one of the most prestigious ones in India.

Note to Travellers : Next time you travel by any of the airlines even though you have shelled out a huge sum for that last minute ticket or booked prior to get a cheaper one, please treat the air hostesses and crew properly, you don’t own them. If they are smiling at you the least you could do is smile back and wish them a Good day. Try to be a part of their happy stories which they come back and tell their brother/sisters/parents/partners/friends.

Mom Lets the Kid Do What Ever He Wants Throughout the Flight

Passengers forced to endure ‘demonic’ child’s screams for eight hours after he throws mega tantrum on flight

giphyThe child reportedly ran around screaming almost the entire time on the flight from Germany to Newark, New Jersey

A disgruntled passenger filmed a “nightmare” eight-hour flight where a “demonic” child screamed almost the entire time.

The child can be seen climbing on top of the seats and screeching before the flight has even taken off yet.

But while many might have hoped the young boy may have settled down and watched a film – he doesn’t.

Instead he runs around the aircraft for almost the entire eight-hours while travelling from Germany to Newark, New Jersey.

It is not clear from the video which airline the boy and his family were flying with.

The child was screaming and climbing on seats before the flight had even taken off (Image: Shane Townley /Youtube)
Three hours into the flight the child’s “demonic” screams could still be heard (Image: Shane Townley /Youtube)

The video was uploaded onto YouTube last summer by Shane Townley who captioned it “demonic child screams and runs through an 8 hour flight”.

He wrote: “Watch as this kid runs and screams throughout the entire flight while the mother does little to nothing to stop him.

“3 years old on a 8 hour flight from Germany to Newark NJ. He never quits!”

In the video the child can be seen climbing on top of the seats while his mother asks him to sit.

The boy then starts his “demonic screams” as the video suggests, which takes over the plane.

The boy was running up and down the plane and would not listen to his mum (Image: Shane Townley /Youtube)
At one stage the child was even banging on the plane ceiling (Image: Shane Townley /Youtube)

Filming the noise from several rows back the screaming can clearly be heard.

Before the flight has even taken off yet the child’s mother desperately asks the flight attendant to “get the WiFi going so we can get the iPad going”.

She can be heard trying to calm her child down but he continues his screams, ignoring his mother’s pleas.

As the hours pass passengers can even be seen covering their ears as the unruly child runs up and down the aisles while screaming at the top of his lungs.

And it is a scene that continues throughout the majority of the flight.

Passengers had to endure the “nightmare” for the majority of the eight-hour flight (Image: Shane Townley /Youtube)

After leaving the plane to go into the airport another passenger can be heard saying: “What a nightmare, oh my God – eight hours of screaming” as they wheel their suitcase down the ramp.

Commenting on the clip one person said: “Sadly this is happening more and more on flights, unruly kids and babies and exhausted parents.

“Even noise cancellation headphones would not have drowned out this terror.

“Total lack of discipline..perhaps crew should have removed said child and parents for violating safety regulations.”

Another person wrote: “If this started before the plane took off, the plane should have taxied back to the terminal and kicked the kid and his parents off. This kind of behaviour is just unacceptable.”

And another suggested: “Call an exorcist.”

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Woman surprises husband with pregnancy announcement on flight from Tampa

When David Rose climbed aboard a flight to Chicago from Tampa International Airport, he had no idea what was coming his way.

I’ve been wanting to share this video for so long! This time around I really wanted to surprise David with the news of our new baby. I think I got him pretty good✈️
– Audrey Rose

Little did he know his wife Audrey was planning a huge surprise announcement: she was pregnant with their second child.

The day before the surprise, Audrey found out she was pregnant, but she wasn’t entirely sure. So the morning of the flight she woke up extra early (at 4:00 a.m.) and tested positive twice, so she knew she could set her plan in motion.

While her husband was in line getting coffee, she used that time to scribble a note to the flight staff.


This new app will let you bid on unsold airline tickets

Air Ticket Arena is a new UK-based start-up which launched on February 1 and gives you the opportunity to bid for last-minute plane tickets.

All you need to do is download the app and register. Once your account is verified then you can choose your destination and return date and the number of tickets you would like to bid on.

 Air Ticket Arena will let you bid on various different flights to try and get discounts
 It works by selecting the flights you want and the price you are willing to pay in advance

You can make a bid up to two weeks before the flight departs and up to the day of departure.

Once your preferences are selected, you can place your bid on how much money you are willing to pay for the flight.

One to two days before the flight departs, the airline will see how many unsold seats they have and will automatically book you on the flight if you have bid the same price or higher than the minimum price they are willing to accept for the seat.

The app is currently only available on Android but will be available for Apple users come March.

You can download the app here.

‘Hidden’ airline charges: Dirty tricks or customer choice?

Extra charges tallied onto advertised flight costs have become a bugbear of jumbo sized proportions for airline passengers.
Booking fees, baggage charges and a host of optional service fares are now common industry practice. Baggage fees were last year worth more than $3.3 billion to the American aviation industry, while fees for reservation changes netted U.S. airlines $2.38 billion in 2011, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
As a result, ticket prices that initially appear good value rapidly rise once an array of extra expenses are factored in to the equation.
“Additional fees for things like baggage allowance and seat selection can be above and beyond what it costs the airline (to offer these services),” says Chris Gray, deputy editor of UK-based consumer magazine Which? Travel.
“These are often sprung on customers at the end of a long booking process,” catching them out unfairly, he says.
John Heimlich, chief economist of U.S. aviation industry body, Airlines for America, holds a different view, however.
He believes airlines have no option but to employ ancillary charges. This enables them to streamline their costs and offer customers greater value for money in an increasingly competitive marketplace, he says.
He believes airlines have no option but to employ ancillary charges. This enables them to streamline their costs and offer customers greater value for money in an increasingly competitive marketplace, he says.
In Europe, budget carrier Ryanair began offering specific seats at an extra cost earlier this year. Its low-cost rival Easyjet has also started to experiment with the practice.
“(This is) something many airlines used to allow you to request for free,” says Gray. “So incurring charges for these now is irritating, especially for families who are told they have to pay to select seats so they can sit together.”
According to Heimlich, however, these charges again provide the customer with more choice in what they do and do not pay for.
He says: “In baseball stadiums, for example, you pay different prices for obstructed and unobstructed views.” This is now the same with airlines, he adds.
Credit and debit card surcharges
A common complaint of those booking plane tickets online is the unavoidable charges that often accompany paying for flights by debit or credit card.
The UK government’s trading and competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading, last week ruled that debit card surcharges must be included in the headline price of flights.
Budget carriers including Ryanair and Whizz Air have since agreed to amend their online booking policies to reflect this. But elsewhere the practice remains.
Flexing the plastic on Australia’s Jetstar adds an extra $8.60 to flight prices, while a similar transaction with Air Asia costs $6 in card-usage fees.
Prominent industry players such as British Airways ($7) and Air France ($7) meanwhile charge for those using credit cards to make online reservations.
“Surcharges for credit or debit card payments are … especially unfair,” says Gray. “We accept that retailers incur some costs when faced with things like processing card payments, but the charges passed on to the consumer are often excessive.”
The idea that customers aren’t aware of these charges doesn’t wash with Heimlich however.
He says, “I’m not sure where the confusion arises at this point … fees are fully disclosed on websites. In any case, the airline industry only endorses transparency (in these matters).”

What are the most frustrating airline charges you have been faced with? Let us know in the comments section below.

71 Feared Dead as Russian Plane Crashes Shortly After Takeoff From Moscow Airport

The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district outside Moscow

 Moscow: A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital’s Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.

The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow. Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board.

News agencies said witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

A source from Russia’s emergency services told Interfax that the 71 people on board “had no chance” of survival.

The same news agency reported that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.

The Russian-made plane was 7 years-old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago.

Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the crash site by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene on foot.

A source at Domodedovo, Moscow’s second largest airport, told agencies that the plane disappeared from radars within two minutes of takeoff.

The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human error.

The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that “more than 60 people” onboard the plane were from the region.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash.

Here’s what you should know about using your phone on an airplane

Can You Text on a Plane? A Guide to In-Flight Phone Use
Can I use my cell phone on board?

Can I use my cell phone on board?

The short answer: Yes and no. Since October 31, 2013, the use of devices like iPhones and tablets is allowed on flights within the U.S., provided they’re in airplane mode while taxiing and in the sky. You’re allowed to switch on the Wi-Fi after an announcement is made—usually when the plane goes above 10,000 feet—that it’s safe to connect to the in-flight network on the growing number of planes that are equipped with that service. Passengers are not allowed to use the cellular connection built in to devices, but that rule may soon change: The FCC has proposed that airlines allow passengers to communicate over cellular connections. Even if approved, individual airlines would still be able to decide if they wanted to allow that level of connectivity.

So I can text on an airplane?

Not exactly. Since passengers still aren’t allowed to use the cellular connection of portable electronic devices, they can’t send SMS texts. Any communication has to be over Wi-Fi with a messaging app that provides similar functionality like WhatsApp or Viber. Of course, if your plane has Wi-Fi, you can also email, tweet, and update Facebook as much as the bandwidth aboard allows.

Can I make a phone call?

For now, that’s not allowed on domestic airlines. Many people think allowing voice calls is a bad idea, but some travelers don’t think it’d be a problem. After all, fliers have had the chance to make calls in the past—remember the Verizon Airfone that used to be installed in every row? Another reason voice calls might not cause chaos? They’re already allowed on some airlines.****

So some airlines do let you call from the air?

Yep, lots of international airlines, in fact, though many only offer the service on select routes. Among the carriers that let fliers chat in addition to text and browse the web are Emirates, Etihad, and Qantas. So far, there have been no major incidents traced to the fact that phone calls are allowed. Budget carrier Ryanair even discontinued voice calls because passenger interest in them was so low after trying the service in 2009.

Back to the U.S., why is it such a big deal that we can use our phones during taxi, takeoff, and landing?

Mostly it’s because the world has changed. When calls were banned 25 years ago, next to nobody had a cell phone; now, many passengers travel with multiple devices—and they use them as replacements for everything from newspapers to airplane novels to seat-back TV screens. For many shorter domestic routes, the phases of the flight during which it was previously forbidden to use devices added up to a significant portion of an entire trip. For business travelers, that’s lost productivity. For the rest of us, that was a lot of unnecessary boredom.

Awesome, I hate being unproductive and bored! But won’t my phone be dead by the time we land?

Airlines are adding more and more power plugs to keep passengers’ phones and tablets charged. To see if the aircraft on your flight has plugs—some now even offer handy USB connections—check with your airline or consult SeatGuru.com, which shows seat-by-seat info for all major carriers.


This Day In Aviation History, February

February 1

  • 1 February 1851 (Australia) — Englishman William Dean makes the first balloon ascent in Australia, flying the “Australasia” for about 7 miles over Melbourne.

  • 1 February 1911 (USA) — Burgess and Curtiss become the United States’ first licensed aircraft manufacturer.

  • 1 February 1929 (USA) — The aviation and engine operations of Boeing and Pratt & Whitney are merged to form the United Aircraft & Transport Corp.

  • 1 February 1930 (USA) — San Francisco’s first air ferry service starts to operate, cutting journey time across the Bay to 6 minutes. The ferry flies from San Francisco to Alameda, and from Oakland to Vallejo.

  • 1 February 1950 (USA) — Eight Grumman F9F “Panthers” land on the USS Valley Forge to complete the first aircraft carrier night landing trials by jets.

February 2

  • 2 February 1918 (France) — The first operational squadrons of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) are formed in France.

  • 2 February 1954 (Japan) — Japan Air Lines inaugurates its first international service: a twice-weekly route to San Francisco.

  • 2 February 1989 (USA) — People Express flies its last service from Newark, New Jersey, to New York; it has been taken over by Continental Airlines.

February 3

  • 3 February 1934 (Germany) — The first scheduled trans-Atlantic airmail service between Berlin, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is inaugurated by Luft Hansa. The journey is made in four stages.

  • 3 February 1946 (USA) — Pan American inaugurates the first commercial use of Lockheed Model 49 “Constellation” with the aircraft’s first scheduled service between New York and Bermuda.

  • 3 February 1948 (USA) — All 145 pilots and co-pilots at National Airlines go on strike, grounding the carrier’s 22 aircraft. The dispute is mainly over air safety.

  • 3 February 1964 (USA) — The Federal Aviation Agency launches “Operation Bongo Mark 2” to investigate the effects of supersonic flight; over the coming months, a Convair B-58 “Hustler” will fly through the sound barrier at low altitude over Oklahoma City.

  • 3 February 1982 (USSR) — A Mil Mi-26 helicopter sets a world record in the USSR, lifting 125,153.8 lb. to a height of 6,562 feet.

February 4

  • 4 February 1902 (USA) — Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1920-1974), one of the most famous aviators in history, is born in Detroit, Michigan.

  • 4 February 1945 (Yalta) — United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt touches down at Yalta, the Crimean resort, in his presidential airplane “Sacred Cow” for a crucial summit with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The leaders met to discuss the terms for German surrender and the shape of post-war Europe.

  • 4 February 1948 (USA) — Navy and Air Force Transport Systems consolidated forming the Military Air Transport Service (MATS).

  • 4 February 1949 (USA) — In the United States, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gives authorization for the full use of Ground Control Approach (GCA) landing aids. These will be used only in conditions of poor visibility caused by fog or bad weather and comprise a ground radar system.

  • 4 February 1958 (USA) — The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the CVAN-65 USS Enterprise is laid down at the Newport News shipyard.

February 5

  • 5 February 1914 (USA) — Lt. J.C. Morrow became 24th and last flier to qualify as “Military Aviator.”

  • 5 February 1919 (Germany) — The first regular, daily passenger service in the world is launched at Berlin’s city airfield. A German airline, Deutsche Luft-Reederei (D.L.R), operates the new service on route from Berlin to Weimar via Leipzig.

  • 5 February 1929 (USA) — Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed “Air Express” in New York after a record flight of 18 hours 20 minutes from Los Angeles.

  • 5 February 1949 (USA) — An Eastern Air Lines Lockheed “Constellation” lands at LaGuardia, New York, at the end of a flight of 6 hours 18 minutes from Los Angeles, a coast-to-coast record for transport aircraft.

  • 5 February 1951 (USA/Canada) — The United States and Canada announce the establishment of the Distant Early Warning (DEW), the air defense system that uses more than 30 radar stations located across the northern portion of the continent.

  • 5 February 1962 (USA) — A Sikorsky HSS-2 “Sea King” of the United States Navy sets a world helicopter speed record of 210.6 mph, in the course of a flight between Milford and New Haven, Connecticut.

February 6

  • 6 February 1916 (Germany) — The airline Deutsche Luft Reederei flies its first service, which is freight only, between Berlin and Weimar.

  • 6 February 1946 (USA) — A TWA Lockheed “Constellation” lands at Orly airport, Paris, from LaGuardia, New York, to complete the airline’s first scheduled international flight.

  • 6 February 1956 (USA/France) — William Judd lands his Cessna 180 in Paris after a solo flight of 25 hours 15 minutes across the North Atlantic from the United States.

February 7

  • 7 February 1918 (USA) — Instrument standardization in Army and Navy aircraft established.

  • 7 February 1920 (France) — French aviator Sadi Lacointe, piloting a Nieuport-Delage 29V, becomes the first pilot to set a new Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) world speed record after World War I. He reaches a measured speed of 275.862 km/h (171.141 mph) along 1 km (3,280 ft.) course.

  • 7 February 1927 (USA) — Georgetown University medical school in Washington, D.C., offers the first aviation medicine course in the United States.

  • 7 February 1937 (England) — The prototype Blackburn B.24 “Skua” two-seat fighter/dive-bomber makes its maiden flight, piloted by “Dasher” Blake at Brough, Yorkshire. It is Britain’s first dive-bomber.

  • 7 February 1958 (Germany) — One of the best British soccer teams, Manchester United, has been virtually wiped out in an air crash. The team was returning from Belgrade after victory against a Yugoslav opponent when their British European Airways (BEA) Airspeed AS.57 “Ambassador” failed to take off and crashed into a house in Munich, Germany.

February 8

  • 8 February 1908 (USA) — Three bids for United States Army’s first aeroplane proved by Secretary of War.

  • 8 February 1908 (France) — Flight tests begin at Issy-les-Moulineaux for the Gastambide-Mengin I monoplane, built by Léon Levavasseur and fitted with a 50-hp Antoinette engine.

  • 8 February 1919 (France/England) — The Farman brothers make the first scheduled international flight in Europe when a Farman F.60 “Goliath” piloted by M. Lucien Bossoutrot carries a token load of military passengers between Toussus le Noble airfield outside Paris and Kenley in southern England.

  • 8 February 1933 (USA) — The first Boeing 247 takes to the air opening a new era in air transport, representing the new age of all-metal monoplane designs.

  • 8 February 1939 (USA/Canal Zone) — Ten new Douglas B-18 “Bolo” bombers arrive at Balboa, Canal Zone, to reinforce the Army Air Corps units at Albrook and France Fields. They flew from Randolph Field, Texas with one overnight stop at Guatemala.

  • 8 February 1988 (USA) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) retires an aircraft registration number for the first time (USA) — that of Amelia Earhart’s airplane, which disappeared over the Pacific in July 1937.

February 9

  • 9 February 1934 (USA) — All domestic airmail contracts canceled in the United States. The United States Army is ordered to fly mail.

  • 9 February 1936 (England/South Africa) — Tommy Rose lands at Wingfield Aerodrome in Cape Town, South Africa, after a record flight from England of 3-days 17-hrs 38-min.

  • 9 February 1939 (USA) — Brigadier General Delos C. Emmons is named Commander of the General Headquarters Air Force at Langley Field, Virginia, with the rank of Major General. Col. George H. Brett, also of the Air Force, is promoted to Brigadier General.

  • 9 February 1939 (South Africa/England) — British flyer Alex Henshaw lands his Percival “Mew Gull” at Gravesend in Kent, England, after a record flight to Cape Town and Back in 4 days 10 hours and 20 minutes.

  • 9 February 1943 (Guadalcanal) — Japanese resistance on Guadalcanal ends.

  • 9 February 1969 (USA) — First flight of the Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” airliner takes place in Seattle, Washington. The wide-bodied, long-range transport is capable of carrying 347 passengers, and is the largest aircraft in commercial airline service in the world.

February 10

  • 10 February 1908 (USA) — First Army airplane contracts signed with Wright Brothers.

  • 10 February 1923 (England/France) — An experimental night flight arrives to Le Bourget, France, from Croydon, England. The pilot has given his position by radio and used the aviation light beacons to make his approach.

  • 10 February 1933 (USA) — American Airways, Inc., extends air mail service from Toledo, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio.

  • 10 February 1935 (USA) — Harry Richman and George Daufkirch make amphibian speed record for 1,000 kms of 99.95-mph at Miami, Florida. (Sikorsky S-39, Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine.)

February 11

  • 11 February 1909 (New Zealand) — An important pioneer in developing aviation in New Zealand, Vivian C. Walsh pilots a Howard-Wright biplane on what is generally considered the first flight in New Zealand by a powered airplane.

  • 11 February 1913 (USA) — First Bill to establish a separate Aviation Corps failed to pass.

  • 11 February 1914 (Germany/Russia) — Distance record for balloons over land is set by H. Berliner, who flies 1,890 miles (3,040 km) from Bitterfeldt, Germany to Kirgischano, Russia.

  • 11 February 1933 (USA) — American Airways, Inc., starts Air Mail Service between Buffalo, New York, and Detroit, Michigan.

  • 11 February 1946 (USA/UK) — The United States and United Kingdom sign an agreement in Bermuda setting out the principles by which air rates and frequencies of international services should be set. The Bermuda Agreement becomes a standard upon which air agreements would be based in the future.

  • 11 February 1959 (USA) — A United States meteorological balloon achieves a record height of 146,000 ft. carrying a special package of detectors sending information by radio signal to the ground.

February 12

  • 12 February 1809 (USA) — Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 (USA) — April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination on 15 April 1865.

  • 12 February 1914 (Russia) — Igor Sikorsky’s giant four-engine biplane, the Il.11 “Ilya Muromets” flies in Russia. It is an improved version of last year’s “Bolshoi Baltiskii.”

  • 12 February 1921 (USA) — The United States Army Air Service establishes the first in an expending series of airways routes safely surveyed by the army civilian and commercial users linking towns and cities by air by leasing land between Washington and Dayton, Ohio to facilitate a stopover.

  • 12 February 1928 (South Africa/England) — Lady Heath (formerly Mrs. Elliot-Lynn) becomes the first woman to fly solo from Cape Town, South Africa to London, England.

  • 12 February 1933 (USA) — American Airways, Inc., starts Air Mail Service between Boston, Massachusetts, and Albany, New York.

  • 12 February 1935 (USA) — USS Macon crashes at sea off the California coast, with loss of 2 lives.

  • 12 February 1959 (USA) — The last Convair B-36 bomber in operational USAF service is retired to Amon Carter Field, where it is put on display; Strategic Air Command is now equipped with an all-jet bomber force.

  • 12 February 1960 (USA) — A Delta Air Lines Convair 880 lands in Miami, Florida, from San Diego to set a new transcontinental speed record over the route of 3 hours 31 minutes.

  • 12 February 1973 (North Vietnam) — USAF Lockheed C-141 “Starlifter” lands in Hanoi to pick up first returning POWs.

February 13

  • 13 February 1913 (England) — At the second British Aero Show in London, the world’s first airplane specifically designed to carry a gun, 37-mm cannon on biplane, is displayed for the first time. Called “Destroyer” and built by Vickers, Sons & Maxim, it is officially called the Experimental Fighting Biplane No.1 (E.F.B.1).

  • 13 February 1919 (France) — The first post-war French commercial service is established on a route from Paris to Lille for the carriage of food and clothing to France’s northern departments.

  • 13 February 1943 (Solomon Islands) — The Vought F4U “Corsair” naval fighter makes its operational debut in Solomon Island, escorting PB4Y-1 “Liberators” (the United States Navy’s version of the B-24) raiding Bougainville.

  • 13 February 1961 (USA) — Bell GAM-83 “Rascal” air-to-surface missile successfully launched at supersonic speed.

  • 13 February 1972 (USSR) — The Soviet Union has started to use Cuba as a base from which to spy on the United States. The first mission is flown by two Soviet Tu-95, which surveys part of the east coast.

February 14

  • 14 February 1914 (USA) — An official American nonstop duration and distance record is made when Lt. Townsend Dodd and Sgt. Herbert Marcus fly the United States Signal Corps Burgess H tractor biplane. (S.C. No. 26) 244.8 mi. in 4 hours 43 minutes. Although it established a record for two people in one airplane, it also exceeded the previous single-seat record.

  • 14 February 1932 (USA) — Ruth Nichols flies her Lockheed “Vega” from Floyd Bennett Field, New York to an altitude of 19,928 feet, a new world record for diesel-engine airplanes.

  • 14 February 1934 (USA) — S. J. Wittman makes speed record for 100 kms for light airplanes in the fourth category of 137.513 mph at New Orleans, Louisiana (Wittman Special, Pobjoy R motor.)

  • 14-19 February 1934 (USA) — Pan American Air Races held at Shushan Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 14 February 1980 (Japan) — Japan Air Lines begins commercial operations with the highest-capacity airliner ever put into scheduled service, conducting the inaugural flight of eight Boeing 747SR. The aircraft has seating for 550 passengers, 45 in the upper deck.

  • 14 February 1991 (Iraq) — 4th TFW McDonnell Douglas F-15E “Strike Eagle” shoots down Iraqi helicopter using a GBU-10, 2000-lb laser guided bomb during “Desert Storm.”

February 15

  • 15 February 1910 (England) — King Edward VII grants the title “Royal” to the Aero Club of the United Kingdom.

  • 15 February 1926 (USA) — The Ford Motor Co. becomes the first United States private air carrier to operate a contract airmail (CAM) route. Ford begins operations with CAM-6 between Detroit and Chicago and CAM-7 between Detroit and Cleveland.

  • 15 February 1942 (Singapore) — British surrender at Singapore.

  • 15 February 1961 (Belgium) — Members of a United States Skating Team are among 73 killed when Belgian airliner Sabena Boeing 707 crashes during its landing approach near Brussels, Belgium.

  • 15 February 1962 (USA) — A “Minuteman” missile sets a new record by traveling 3,900 miles.

  • 15 February 1965 (USA) — Mrs. Guy Maher arrives from Culver City, California to Medford, New Jersey in a Hughes 300 to complete the USA’s first transcontinental helicopter flight by a woman.

February 16

  • 16 February 1912 (USA) — Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees.

  • 16 February 1914 (USA) — Lts. J. C. Carberry and W. R. Taliaferro set Army altitude record of 8,700 feet.

  • 16-17 February 1935 (France) — Paul Codos and Maurice Rossi attempt South Atlantic flight from Marseille, France, but are forced down at Cape Verde Islands. (Blériot Zapata, Hispano-Suiza engine.)

  • 16 February 1960 (USA) — The Vought F8U-2N “Crusader” interceptor makes its maiden flight in Dallas, Texas.

  • 16 February 1982 (France) — The first production Airbus Industrie A310 is rolled out at the factory in Toulouse, France, destined for Swissair as the launch customer.

February 17

  • 17 February 1904 (USA) — The Wright brothers inspect the grounds where the St. Louis Aeronautical Exposition will be held in April.

  • 17 February 1933 (USA) — Makay Trophy for 1931 presented to Major General Benjamin D. Foulois.

  • 17 February 1934 (USA) — James R. Wedell makes American speed record for 100 kms without payload of 266.032 mph at New Orleans, Louisiana (Wedell-Williams, Pratt & Whitney “Wasp” motor.)

  • 17 February 1934 (Australia/New Zealand) — The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro “Ten,” a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3m registered as VH-UXX.

  • 17 February 1938 (USA/Argentina) — Lt. Col. Robert Olds leads a flight of six Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortresses” on a goodwill flight to Argentina.

February 18

  • 18 February 1832 (France) — Octave Chanute (1832-1910), first great historian of aviation, is born in Paris, France. Brought to the United States when young, Chanute was a civilian engineer before turning to aviation. In 1894 he published Progress in Flying Machines. The book became a bible for the Wright brothers.

  • 18 February 1911 (India) — First official government Air Mail flight is made in India as French pilot Henri Pequet flies 6,500 letters a distance of about five miles (8 km).

  • 18 February 1918 (France) — 103rd Pursuit Squadron, AEF, formed with members of Lafayette Escadrille.

  • 18-19 February 1934 (USA) — Capt. E. V. RickenBacker and Jack Frye, of Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc., fly from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 13 hrs. 2 min., making new record for passenger transport. (Douglas DC-1, 2 Wright “Cyclone” motors.)

  • 18 February 1973 (Tanzania) — Daniel Bouchart and Didier Potelle land 19,568 feet up on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in an SA.319B “Alouette II” helicopter.

  • 18 February 1977 (USA) — The converted Boeing 747 Space Shuttle carrier makes its first flight with the shuttle “Enterprise” on its Back, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.

February 19

  • 19 February 1912 (Germany) — One of the most successful pre-World War I airship operations begins with the first flight of the Zeppelin LZ II, “Victoria Louise,” and its introduction into service with the German airship company DELAG.

  • 19 February 1934 (USA) — All domestic air mail contracts having been annulled by order of President Roosevelt on 9 February. The United States Army Air Corps starts to fly the mail.

  • 19 February 1936 (USA) — Brig. Gen. William Mitchell died in New York City.

  • 19 February 1937 (USA) — Howard Hughes establishes a new transcontinental speed record of 7 hours 28 minutes 25 seconds from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

  • 19 February 1945 (Iwo Jima) — Marines land on Iwo Jima.

  • 19 February 1982 (USA) — The first Boeing 757 takes to the air on its maiden flight. With capacity for between 178 and 239 passengers in a wide variety of configurations, it has a cruising speed of 528 mph and a range of 2,100 mi., or 5,343 mi. at economic cruise.

February 20

  • 20 February 1915 (USA) — During the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, Allan Loughead is allowed to launch an air service and flies 600 passengers across the bay during 50 days. The 10-minute flight costs $10 per passenger.

  • 20 February 1924 (Dakar) — In Dakar, Lieutenant-Colonel Tulasne, Capt. Gama and Lieutenant Michel complete the first trip across the Sahara desert and Back, piloting Breguet-14 airplanes.

  • 20-21 February 1935 (USA) — Leland S. Andrews, with Henry Myers, co-pilot, and G. D. Rayburn, radio operator, flies an American Airlines plane from Los Angeles, California, to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York, in 11 hrs. 34 min. 16 sec. making transcontinental record for passenger transport airplanes. (Airplane Development Vultee, Wright “Cyclone” engine.)

  • 20 February 1942 (South Pacific) — First United States Fighter Ace of World War II, Lieut. Edward O’Hare from the USS Lexington off Rabaul.

  • 20 February 1944 (England/Germany) — 8th and 15th Air Forces began a six-day strikes against Germany.

  • 20 February 1968 (USA) — A standard Learjet 25 sets a new “time-to-climb” record by climbing to 40,000 feet in 6 minutes 29 seconds.

  • 20 February 1972 (Taiwan/USA) — A USAF Lockheed HC-130H “Hercules” piloted by a crew commanded by Lt. Comdr. Ed Allison sets a new world record for unrefueled flight by turboprop aircraft. It flies a distance of 14,052.94 km (8,732.5 mi.) between the Taiwanese base of Ching Chuan Kang AB and Scott AFB, Illinois.

February 21

  • 21 February 1911 (USA) — A new 1910 Wright “Type B Flyer” owned by Collier’s magazine publisher Robert F. Collier, arrives at San Antonio, Texas on rent to the United States Army for $1.00 per month to supplement the aging Wright biplane first accepted on August 2, 1909.

  • 21 February 1919 (USA) — The prototype of the first United States designed fighter to enter large-scale production, the Thomas-Morse MB-3 (to be made by Boeing), makes its maiden flight.

  • 21 February 1945 (Germany) — Republic P-47 “Thunderbolts” attack Berchtesgaden, Germany for the first time.

  • 21 February 1979 (USA) — Former astronaut Neil Armstrong climbs to 50,000 feet in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in just over 12 minutes in a Gates Learjet Longhorn 28, breaking five world records for business jets.

  • 21 February 1984 (USA/France) — Racing driver Henri Pescarolo and Air France pilot Patrick Fourticq land their Piper “Malibu” in Paris after a flight from New York, setting a speed record of 14 hours 2 minutes for a single-engine lift aircraft across the North Atlantic.

February 22

  • 22 February 1912 (Germany) — The Fokker Aviatik G.m.b.H. company is entered in the trade register at Berlin, Germany with a quoted capital of 20,000 marks. The company’s Holland-born founder, Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, was brought up in Haarlem, the Netherlands and moved to Germany where he developed a passion for aviation before designing his first airplane, the “Spider No. 1,” in late 1910.

  • 22 February 1925 (England) — Geoffrey de Havilland takes off in his newly built D.H.60 “Moth” (G-EBKT) heralding a new age of light aviation.

  • 22 February 1928 (England/Australia) — Australian Bert Hinkler lands at Fanny Bay in Darwin, Australia after 11,000-mile solo flight from England. He is the first to make such a trip, setting four other new records: longest solo flight, longest light plane flight, first nonstop flight from London to Rome and fastest journey from Britain to India.

  • 22 February 1942 (USA) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines.

  • 22 February 1942 (England) — First American Air Headquarters in Europe during World War II established.

February 23

  • 23 February 1909 (Canada) — John A. McCurdy flies the Aerial Experimental Association’s “Silver Dart” biplane 40 feet over the frozen Bras d’Or lake at Baddeck Bay, the first flight of a heavier-than-air machine in Canada.

  • 23 February 1912 (USA) — War Department first officially recognizes “Military Aviator” rating.

  • 23 February 1914 (England) — Harry Busteed makes the first test flight of the Bristol “Scout” biplane at Larkhill training center in England.

  • 23 February 1921 (USA) — A team of pilots completes an experimental coast-to-coast mail flight; flying by day and night, they have linked San Francisco and Long Island in a day and half’s flying time.

  • 23 February 1945 (Iwo Jima) — Flag Raising on Iwo Jima.

February 24

  • 24 February 1921 (USA) — Lieutenant William D. Coney completes a solo flight from Rockwell Field, San Diego to Jacksonville, in 22 hours and 27 minutes flying time.

  • 24 February 1931 (England) — John Lankester Parker makes the first flight of the prototype Short S.17 “Kent” flying boat, from the river Medway in Kent, England.

  • 24 February 1940 (England) — The 2,000-hp prototype Hawker “Typhoon” fighter makes its first flight in England.

  • 24 February 1949 (USA) — Republic XF-91 “Thunderceptor” jet rocket aircraft unveiled by United States Air Force.

  • 24 February 1957 (Denmark/Japan) — Scandinavian Airline Services (SAS) opens the first regular scheduled service from Europe to the Far East over the North Pole, with departure from Copenhagen, Denmark and Tokyo, Japan; the DC-7C aircraft will circle the pole en route.

  • 24 February 1983 (Mexico) — The youngest pilot known to have made a solo flight in a powered, heavier-than-air, flying machine takes to the air for the first time at age of 9 years 316 days. The flight takes place near Mexicali, Mexico and the aircraft the boy pilots is a Cessna 150.

February 25

  • 25 February 1784 (Italy) — The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milan and uses a modified Montgolfière hot air design built by the brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli.

  • 25 February 1929 (Afghanistan/India) — The world’s first major air evacuation comes to an end when Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) flies out the last of 586 civilians from Kabul to the safety to India. The airlift involves nationals of about 20 countries.

  • 25 February 1930 (Brazil/USA) — Ralph O’Neil lands in Miami on the first mail service of America airline New York, Rio and Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) between Buenos Aires and New York after a difficult 6-day flight from Argentina.

  • 25 February 1933 (USA) — USS Ranger, aircraft carrier, launched at Newport News, Virginia.

  • 25 February 1945 (Japan) — USAAF Boeing B-29 “Superfortresses” begin incendiary raids on Japan; 1,667 tons of fire bombs destroy 15 square miles of Tokyo.

  • 25 February 1970 (USA) — TWA becomes the first airline to fly a “Jumbo Jet” within the United States, when it inaugurates a Boeing 747 service between Los Angeles and New York.

  • 25 February 1990 (USA) — Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all United States airlines.

February 26

  • 26 February 1940 (USA) — The United States Air Defense Command is formed at Mitchell Field, New York.

  • 26 February 1940 (USA) — Air Defense Command created to integrate USAF defenses against an air attack.

  • 26 February 1942 (South Pacific) — First United States aircraft carrier, USS Langley, CV-1, is sunk by Japanese bombers.

  • 26 February 1949 (USA) — A Boeing B-50 “Superfortress” makes first nonstop refueled flight around world. American Capt. James Gallagher and “Luck Lady II” crew cover 23,452 miles (37,742 km) in 94 hours 1 minute and are refueled in flight four times.

  • 26 February 1955 (USA) — The first supersonic ejection takes place when North American test pilot George F. Smith ejects himself from his diving North American F-100 “Super Sabre” off Laguna Beach, California. He is unconscious for five days but recovers.

February 27

  • 27 February 1920 (USA) — Major Rudolph W. Schroeder of the United States Army Air Service sets a new world altitude record when he flies to the height of 33,143 feet. During the flight over McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio he nearly loses his life when his oxygen system fails.

  • 27 February 1935 (Brazil/France) — Latècoère’s giant seaplane “Santos Dumont” lands with a cargo of mail after a record flight of 53 hours 4 minutes from Natal, Brazil to Paris, with two stops en route.

  • 27 February 1965 (USSR) — The world’s largest aircraft at the time, the Antonov An-22 “Antei,” makes its first flight. It is powered by four 15,000 EHP Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop engines.

February 28

  • 28 February 1907 (France) — Cabinet-maker Charles Voisin begins tests of the airplane made by his company for Lèon Delagrange. He takes off for a hop of several feet, but the fuselage breaks up.

  • 28 February 1918 (USA) — Regulation of the airways begins as United States President Woodrow Wilson issues an order requiring licenses for civilian pilots and owners. Over 800 licenses are issued.

  • 28 February 1929 (USA) — An amendment to the Air Commerce Act, effective in June, provides for the federal licensing of flying schools.

  • 28 February/25 April 1934 (USA/South America Tour) — Laura H. Ingalls flies from Glenn Curtiss Airport, North Beach, New York, 17,000-mile tour of South America, including a solo flight across the Andes, and returns to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York, on April 25. (Lockheed “Air Express,” Pratt & Whitney “Wasp” engine.)

  • 28 February 1947 (Hawaii/New York) — A North American F-82 “Twin Mustang” sets a record by flying nonstop from Hawaii to New York in 14 hours 33 minutes.

February 29

  • 29 February 1964 (USA) — President Lyndon Johnson publicly acknowledges the existence of the Lockheed A-12 “Oxcart” Mach 3+ spy plane program and shows a picture that is actually a Lockheed YF-12A.

  • 29 February 1992 (England) — British Aerospace’s latest “Hawk” demonstrator, Hawk Mk 102D (ZJ100), takes to the skies for the first time. It is an enhanced two-seater ground-attack version with a modified wing and incorporates many improvements to its onboard sensors and weapons system.

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Female Ryanair pilot, 25, reveals how she was subjected to sexist rant from male passenger who told her flying aeroplanes was a ‘man’s job’

A FEMALE pilot has revealed she faces constant sexism from her passengers – including one who insisted women shouldn’t fly planes.

Annie Hellner, 25, set her sights on the high-flying career when she was just 12-years-old, dedicating years of study to achieving her dream.

 Annie Hellner, 25, said she had wanted to be a pilot since she was 12

Annie Hellner, 25, said she had wanted to be a pilot since she was 12

But the young woman said since taking to the skies, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

The pilot said: “There’s been passengers who have doubted my ability to fly the plane, simply because I’m a woman.

“I remember one man who, when he found out that I was the pilot, started to complain about why I was let into the flight deck, and that women shouldn’t be flying airplanes because it’s a man’s job.

“I think I speak for all female pilots when I say that every female pilot has had similar experiences at least once in their career.”

 The young pilot said she had been inspired by her own father's career

The young pilot said she had been inspired by her own father’s career
 Annie has touched down in more than 30 countries during her career already

Annie has touched down in more than 30 countries during her career already

But the young pilot said she had also received praise from passengers, who were impressed to see a woman on the flight deck.

She added: “I just hope that we can come to a point when there’s no male or female pilots but simply just pilots, because that’s exactly what we are.”

Annie, who regularly shares snaps of her flights on social media, said she had been inspired to take to the skies by her father, who became a pilot in the 1980s.

Annie, who is based in London, said: “He always brought me and my older brother to all kinds of air shows and flight museums, listening to him telling stories about when he was a pilot made me fall in love with aviation as well.”

 Annie often shares snaps of her cockpit views on social media

Annie often shares snaps of her cockpit views on social media
 Annie said her job gave her the best view in the world

Annie said her job gave her the best view in the world
 Captain Marnie Munns debated journalist Angel Epstein's claims that a male pilot made her feel safer

Captain Marnie Munns debated journalist Angel Epstein’s claims that a male pilot made her feel safer

It comes after a heated debate on This Morning, where journalist Angel Epstein said she felt more comfortable knowing that a pilot was a male.

She said: “The idea that I like a man to be the one to look after me when we are in positions of absolute power.”

But Captain Marnie Munns – who currently works as a commercial pilot for easyJet – revealed she simply considered Angel as a nervous flyer.

Pilot Annie said she had already fallen in love with her chosen career after finishing her studies in 2016.

She said: “The rush of adrenaline is simply amazing, when you move the thrust levels for take-off and hear the jet engines spool up, it’s something you’ll never get tired of. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m piloting a Boeing 737.

“There are definitely a few perks, the first one being the office view of course. I would bet that I have the best view in the world.

“You’ll get to watch sunsets and sunrises, different kinds of weather phenomena and see famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Colosseum in Rome.”

She said she was now determined to inspire others to reach for the skies, saying: “My father always said to me that you can do anything as long as you have the strength, willpower and courage to do it, and I’ve lived by these words.”


Is it possible for two fighter jets from different countries to fly next to each other and their pilots wave to each other?

It’s very common, actually.

gghter jetUnlike nations, the motives of warriors are a little less rigid and often times pilots/soldiers/airmen/marines are just doing their duty. It’s truly nothing personal.

Some good examples have already been given, but I think a picture is worth a thousand words, so I leave you with this:

These are circa-1970s photos of an American F-4 Phantom, performing a barrel roll around the fuselage of a Soviet Tu-95 bomber during a routine intercept.

According to the pilots, the barrel roll was at the request of the Soviet crew, who gestured with hand signals that they “wanted a show.”

The Soviets were thrilled.

At the end of the day, they were (and still are) just adult-sized little boys who wanted to fly high and go fast. – Andy Wolf


Instead of killing the American pilot, the German pilot guided the worn out B-17 Bomber plane safely out of German air space.

During WWII, 2nd Lt. Charles Brown was the pilot of a B-17 and after a tough battle, his plane was the only one left behind in German air space. His plane was running dangerously out of fuel, all of his guns were taken out, half of his crew was wounded, his gunners were dead, and his plane was rattling from all the gunshots it had taken.

German fighter pilot, 2nd Lt. Franz Stigler, was only a kill away from earning The Knight’s Cross, Germany’s highest award for valor. He was on the ground when Brown’s B-17 passed over him and he took off on his plane to chase after the American plane.

When he got behind the B-17, he was about to press the trigger to take down the plane, but when no one from the B-17 was shooting at him, he flew closer to see that its gunners were dead and the crew inside were injured.

Then he nudged his plane alongside the bomber’s wings and locked eyes with the pilot whose eyes were wide with shock and horror.

Stigler pressed his hand over the rosary he kept in his flight jacket. He eased his index finger off the trigger. He couldn’t shoot. It would be murder.

Alone with the crippled bomber, Stigler changed his mission. He nodded at the American pilot and began flying in formation so German anti-aircraft gunners on the ground wouldn’t shoot down the slow-moving bomber. (The Luftwaffe had B-17s of its own, shot down and rebuilt for secret missions and training.) Stigler escorted the bomber over the North Sea and took one last look at the American pilot. Then he saluted him, peeled his fighter away and returned to Germany.

Brown eventually reached England and landed safely. He got married, had a job in the US State Department during Vietnam war, and eventually settled in Florida.

Then, he wanted to know who this German pilot that saved his life was. He put up an ad in an German newspaper.

On January 18, 1990, Brown received a letter. He opened it and read:

“Dear Charles, All these years I wondered what happened to the B-17, did she make it or not?”

It was Stigler. He had had left Germany after the war and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1953. He became a prosperous businessman. Now retired, Stigler told Brown that he would be in Florida come summer and “it sure would be nice to talk about our encounter.”

They met up at a hotel in Florida and from being once enemies, they became close friends.

Brown and Stigler became pals. They would take fishing trips together. They would fly cross-country to each other homes and take road trips together to share their story at schools and veterans’ reunions. Their wives, Jackie Brown and Hiya Stigler, became friends.

Both of them passed away in 2008. Brown was 87 and Stigler was 92.

So yes, it is possible! – Andrew Park


Absolutely happens all the time. Personally I have done at least; Russian, Italian, British, French, Spanish, Iranian, Turkish, Israeli, Egyptian, Libyan, Canadian, Mexican, etc, etc. For a Navy fighter pilot it is just a normal day. Note some where friends and some were not, but that was part of the job. Giving you pictures of some fighter, but some of the bigger ones also. Easier to get a photo shot with them.