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A Physics Question Some of Us Might Rather Not Think About: How Do Planes Fly?

Posted by on May. 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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These days, we take air travel for granted - flying somewhere is as everyday as taking a car, and maybe even more common than taking a train or bus for some of us!

But how is it that huge, heavy planes full of passengers and cargo are able to get up so high - and stay there? Have you heard of Bernoulli's Principle? Yeah, me neither. :P Get the scoop in this episode of "Your Kid Asked WHAT?"

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by on May. 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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babie113
by on May. 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM
im pretty much a expert with aviation if anyone has any questions ask away!!!
Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on May. 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

What did you think of the video?

Quoting babie113:

im pretty much a expert with aviation if anyone has any questions ask away!!!


Reina13
by Member on May. 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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My son asks this all the time.  Especially since we go to Founders park to watch the planes land and take off. He is fascinated with aircrafts.


babie113
by on May. 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM
Can't see it I'm on mobile right now

Quoting Cafe Steph:

What did you think of the video?


Quoting babie113:

im pretty much a expert with aviation if anyone has any questions ask away!!!


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amonkeymom
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I'm really surprised that my youngest son hasn't asked this one yet.  Well, he hasn't asked me anyway, good chance he has asked his teacher.  lol

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on May. 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

They are pretty cool to watch at a place like that. :)

Quoting Reina13:

My son asks this all the time.  Especially since we go to Founders park to watch the planes land and take off. He is fascinated with aircrafts.



Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on May. 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

LOL! I was thinking about it and realized neither of my girls ever asked that, either. I think they just file it in the category of how other machines work, like cars, appliances, computers, etc., and really don't care to know the answer, lol.

Quoting amonkeymom:

I'm really surprised that my youngest son hasn't asked this one yet.  Well, he hasn't asked me anyway, good chance he has asked his teacher.  lol


aviatioNation
by on May. 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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That's not technically correct. Aviation experts are unable to agree on which law of physics (newton's third law or Bernoulli's principle) allows planes to fly, but most teach that it is a combination of the two.

Also, higher speed is not what allows a plane to fly higher, lift is. Lift can be increased with speed or pitch. Higher speed means a faster climb, not a higher one.

aviatioNation
by on May. 21, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Are you a pilot?

Quoting babie113:

im pretty much a expert with aviation if anyone has any questions ask away!!!


jessicasmom1
by Member on May. 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

cool

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