Flight

Within a short span of 66 years, air flight has advanced from simple one man balloons to sleek, stealth fighter jets capable of supersonic flight.

An airplane is an engine driven machine that can fly through the air supported by the flow of air around its wings. Airplanes provide the world's fastest practical means of transporting passengers and freight. They also are a critical part of our nation's defenses.

 


Manufacturers build airplanes according to the principles of AERODYNAMICS ,the study of the forces acting on an object as it moves through the air.


An airplane has wings that extend from either side of the plane's body. The wings are
FIXED, meaning that they do not move, and are curved on top. As the plane moves forward, the air flowing around the curved wings creates an area of lower air pressure, resulting in a lifting force. An airplane's engines give it the power to move fast enough through the air to produce the lift needed for flight.


The activity of designing, building and flying aircraft is called
AERONAUTICS.


To learn more about planes and flight, click the clouds below.


parts of a plane

 

how planes fly

  rudder controls

early history of flight

World War I planes

Lindbergh, Earhart, and Post

World War II planes

modern airplanes

contrails 

  

                 miscellaneous links (click on a plane)

Military Planes Air Force One Ejector Seats

activities
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