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Activity Discussion Science & Technology How Do Airplanes Fly? Reply To: How Do Airplanes Fly?

  • Oindrila

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    December 7, 2023 at 5:41 pm
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    Airplanes fly by utilizing the principles of aerodynamics, which involve the interaction of air with the aircraft’s wings and other surfaces. The basic concept behind flight is the generation of lift, a force that opposes gravity and allows the aircraft to stay airborne.

    The wing’s airfoil shape creates lift by generating a pressure difference. Lift must counteract the force of gravity for an airplane to stay in the air.

    The angle at which the wing meets the oncoming air, known as the angle of attack, plays a crucial role. By adjusting the angle of attack, pilots can control the lift generated by the wings.

    Thrust is the forward force produced by the airplane’s engines. It counteracts drag, the aerodynamic resistance that opposes the forward motion of the aircraft. Achieving a balance between thrust and drag is essential for maintaining a steady speed during flight.

    Airplanes need a minimum speed to generate enough lift to become airborne. This is known as the takeoff speed. The flow of air over the wings is essential for lift, so maintaining a proper speed is crucial for flight.

    Hope this was helpful, Thank You.

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