The Mystery Behind How Planes Fly
Indeed, planes are marvels of engineering. Let's take a look at these marvels up close.
Our journey starts with perhaps the most familiar part of the flight experience: the engine. Today's engines have come a long way from the famous 1903 Flyer's engine designed by the Wright Brothers.
Back then the engine featured a custom-built 12-horsepower gasoline engine that was essentially a powered bike chain that drove twin propellers. Today’s turbojet engines however weigh a monstrous 8,000 pounds (3630 kg) and generate more than 30,000 horsepower. Talk about power!
However, both today's engines and the Wright Brothers' engine essentially achieved the same thing: they provided a force that thrusts airplanes forward. This just the first part of how planes work as engines receive much help from a plane's wings.
In fact, the upward force required to lift the plane into the air is provided by the plane’s wings. How does this force work and what else goes into enabling a plane to fly? Watch our video to find all this out and more.
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