Wingsuit fliers wear a specialized jumpsuit that shapes the human body into an airfoil, a structure whose shape provides lift, propulsion, stability, and directional control over a flying object. Fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms of the wingsuit, also called a â€œbirdman suit,â€ allows the flier to glide through the air much like a bird, while a separate parachute allows him to land safely. According to legend, how many of the original 75 birdmen died testing their wingsuits?
Back in the day
Korean Air Flight 902 was a civilian flight shot down by Soviet fighters after it violated Soviet airspace and failed to respond to interceptors. One rocket caused heavy damage to part of the left wing and punctured the fuselage, causing rapid decompression and killing two passengers. Forty minutes later, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby frozen lake. How many passengers and crew survived?
Born on a day like today
According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad received his first divine revelation at the age of 40. The Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, records many of the revelations Muhammad received as the final prophet of God. Included among Muhammad's fundamental teachings are the ideas that there is one God; that people must in all things submit to Him; and that nations have been punished for rejecting God's prophets. The mass of legends and traditions about Muhammad are contained in what collection?