Interesting Animation Explains How Airplanes Are Able to Fly

Drag. Thrust. Lift. Jet engines. Propellers. Wings. This animation breaks down just exactly how an airplane flies and it’s pretty damn interesting. Each design element of the plane basically solves a law of physics and is part of the reason how an airplane can fly.

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Take the shape of a wing, it produces lift from its slightly inclined and special airfoil shape. The airfoil shape of a wing deflects more air at the bottom of the wing, so when its running down a runway, for example, higher pressure and more upward force is produced below the wing vs the lower pressure and less downward force above the wing. This creates lift. Which makes flying a lot easier.

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DISCUSSION

Actually it’s the lower pressure on the top of the wing that creates lift, along with the downwash spilling off the top surface of the wing. You should probably familiarize yourself with Bernulli’s Principal before you start typing. I’m a pilot and an A&P.