Why Does a Plane Fly?

  • Benjamin Bahr
  • Boris LemmerEmail author
  • Rina Piccolo


If we pick something, hold it up in the air and release it from our hands, it will usually fall. Some things, such as birds, do not fall. This is because they know how to deal with the surrounding air in a way that they can stay up high, or even go higher. Watching a flying bird can be beautiful, but watching a Boeing 737-900 airplane with a loaded weight of up to 79 tons is certainly impressive, isn’t it? Have you ever wondered why that is possible? Let us tell you!


Lift Force Loaded Weight Pitch Axis Downward Deflection Plane Crash 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.II. Physikalisches InstitutUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.TorontoCanada

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