Forward and opposing forces

Your forward force comes from pushing and ...

Forces affecting flight

Four main forces affect the flight abilities ...

Godwits – designed to fly

As with other flying birds, godwits have many ...

Soaring and flapping

Birds can fly in various ways. The albatross ...

Flight path of E7

The godwit E7 was tracked by satellite ...

Taking wing

Planes and birds are both affected by the ...

Wing aspect ratios

Low, moderate and high wing aspect ratios.

Forces on a kite

Flying a kite depends on the relative size of ...

Godwits in flight

Massey University’s Dr Phil Battley describes ...

Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine

Leonardo da Vinci made many drawings of wings ...

Godwit in flight

Godwits are equipped for long-distance ...

High aspect ratio wings have less ...

Long narrow wings have less end edges (where ...

Ostrich, rhea, cassowary and kiwi

The ostrich, rhea, cassowary and kiwi are all ...

Hang-glider

The hang-glider is a triangle-shaped ...

Richard Pearse’s monoplane

Richard Pearse’s monoplane resembled a ...

The longest flight

Massey University senior lecturer Dr Phil ...

Daniel Bernoulli

The principle of lift in flight is often ...

The Wright brothers’ plane

The Wright brothers are credited with the ...

Falling, floating or flying

Which things fly? Sometimes it’s hard to ...

Angle of attack

The angle of attack is the angle at which the ...

Jean Batten

Jean Batten was a New Zealand aviatrix ...

Low wing load

The iwa (or frigatebird) has the lowest wing ...

The Bernoulli Principle

Faster moving air over the top of the wing ...

Balancing

Tightrope walkers hold a long pole across ...

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