Investigating things with wings
What is flight? People have different ideas about what flies. In this context, we explore winged flight through birds, planes, gliders, hang-gliders and kites.
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Bar-tailed godwits can fly non-stop further than any other known bird. This recent discovery excited ornithologists around the world. Dr Phil Battley and Jesse Conklin from Massey University have...
Hang-gliders are unpowered aircraft. While powered aircraft use their own power source (motor and propeller or jet turbine) to stay up, hang-gliders require air movement to stay aloft. Read about...
How do birds fly? Birds have many features, besides wings, that work together to enable them to fly. The four forces of flight – weight, lift, drag and thrust – affect the flight of birds.
Four main forces affect the flight abilities of birds and planes. These forces are weight, lift, thrust and drag.