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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Modern Day Flight

Although it might be cool to hop in an old-timey air contraption, there's no denying that flying has come a long way since the Wright Brothers.

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9. But electric planes are a reality, and could be the future.

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Although still in infancy, they exist. Pipistrel's Taurus G4 can travel 200 miles in less than 2 hours, on the electricity equivalent of less than one gallon of fuel per passenger.

10. Most impressively, commercial space flight is (almost) a reality. You can pay to go to space.

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Companies like Virgin Galactic are trying to build and maintain a passenger spaceplane that will take tourists 70 miles above the Earth for short flights in space. Other companies like Golden Spike and Planetary Resources, Inc. are trying to privatize lunar expeditions and asteroid mining.

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