Lift and the Physics of Flight!


By Cathy Randall


Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have always had a fascination with flight.  Now that we live in a world where boarding an airplane and flying across the country – or even the world - is simply a part of everyday life, the wonder of flight has diminished for many.  Despite this, physics students from all around continue to delight in the many physical forces that play a part in keeping these huge objects (like jumbo jets) from falling out of the sky!  In celebration of this wondrous physical feat we know as flight, welcome!

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