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We depend on airplanes to get us to our destinations quickly and with ease. But where did it all start? With the Wright Brothers; Orville and Wilbur. These two ingenious men are considered America’s aviation pioneers. Even though other inventors were working on flight at the time, the Wright brothers were the first to do it successfully. It was a historic day on December 17th, 1903 when the brother’s plane first soared high. This is in part due to their invention of the 3-axis control. This allowed the pilot to effectively fly the plane, keeping it up in the air.
First of all the wings on the plane play a major role in control. Airplane wings are designed with an airfoil shape. Simply put when an airplane is flying the shape of the wing allows the air going over to move quickly and to stretch out. This decreases the pressure. The air under the wing is moving in a straight line, so the pressure remains the same. When the high air pressure moves toward the low air pressure (which it always does) the air below the wing will push upward. With the wing in the middle the movement of the air is in a constant up/down motion and is what gives the plane its lift and stability in the air. The faster the plane flies the more lift there is.
The engine also helps create this lift. The mighty engines on an airplane provides the thrust that enables the plane to travel with great speed. This is enough to overcome any drag on the wings and allows them to create the lift necessary.
When we travel on an average passenger plane it can reach speeds of around 550 miles-per-hour (885 kilometers-per-hour). However, in comparison the Boeing 747 can reach speeds of 650 miles-per-hour (1,046 kilometers-per-hour). That is fast, but the Jet and Fighter planes used by the military can reach speeds upwards to 1,600 miles-per-hour (2574 kilometers-per-hour. Now that is really fast.
To give you an idea of just how powerful the engine of a jet can be take this example of the chartered jet carrying the New York Knicks in 2000. The jet taxied out and got too close to the line of parked cars on the tarmac. The blast from the jet engine flipped Jeff Ban Gundy’s (head coach at the time) car into the air and over three other cars. It was completely demolished.
So the next time you are about to board a plane, instead worrying if they are going to lose your luggage, think about all the cool science that has gone into making your trip possible.
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