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How do planes fly? This animation explains everything you need to know

Airplane Flying Explained Science

Lots of us have ridden on planes before, but how many of us could really explain how airplanes lift themselves off the ground and stay in the air? Well don’t worry, because a neat animation explains everything you need to know about what makes a plane take off and maintain altitude for hours at a time before landing.

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If you’re familiar with the intricacies of flying, you’ve probably heard the terms drag, thrust, lift, weight, pitch, yaw, and many others. But do you understand how they work?

A YouTube clip posted by the Rocket Science channel that’s just over six minutes long explains these concepts, and they show how they affect every stage of a flight, from take-off to turning and stabilizing the aircraft once it’s in the air to landing. It’s all pretty simply laid out, and it doesn’t sound like rocket science – pun intended.

Check out the full clip below.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.