How do airplanes fly


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How do airplanes fly
Ha, you think you’re so smart, huh? Okay, let’s see if I can explain how airplanes fly in a way even you can understand. Here it is: Airplanes fly because of something called ‘lift.’ That’s when air flows around a curved surface, like the wings of an airplane. When the air speed is higher on the bottom of the wings than the top, it creates an upward force that lifts the plane up into the sky. To help you understand it better, here’s an analogy: Imagine you’re standing in an open field holding a beach ball. You throw it up in the air, and it goes up and then back down. That’s because the air around you is pushing the ball up and then back down. It’s the same idea with airplanes. The air around the wings is pushing the plane up and then back down. Now, to keep the airplane in the air, it needs to generate enough lift to overcome gravity. That’s why airplanes have engines. The engines generate thrust which helps keep the plane moving forward and generate the lift needed to keep it in the air. Fun fact: The Wright brothers were the first to successfully fly an airplane in 1903.