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View Resource Wake Vortex Study at Wallops Island

This page from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Langley Research Center contains an image and description of a wake vortex created by the wing of a small propeller plane. The page explains how the image was made and how this research helps determine the spacing between airplanes approaching an airport. This page provides solid insight and accompanying photographs for further...

View Resource Flights of Inspiration

This web site features the Franklin Institute's (Philadelphia, Pa.) historic collection of photographs, writings, drawings and schematics from the Wright Brothers, as well as a section on the John Alcock and Arthur Wilson, the first pilots to cross the Atlantic. Additionally, it features a section titled "Your Own Flight" that teaches students the physics behind flight. A "Teacher's Zone" is also...

View Resource Airplane Flight

This web site, authored and curated by David P. Stern, contains an elementary discussion of the physics of airplane flight. Concepts of frames of reference and vectors are used to explore lift, drag, and thrust for wings swept backward or forward and to propellers. The linked web page contains a discussion about the dependence of lift and drag on speed and altitude, using the "Voyager" non-stop...

View Resource Topic in Depth - Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of what makes things go fast, right? More specifically, it?s the study of the interaction between bodies and the atmosphere. This topic in depth highlights some fun websites on the science of aerodynamics, for beginners to researchers. If you?ve been watching Wimbeldon lately, you might have been wondering about the aerodynamics of tennis. Or maybe you were rid...

View Resource Aerospace Lesson Plans

This is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored collection of hands-on aeronautics activities, geared to K-8, that emphasize inquiry through exploration. Concepts include lift, drag, propulsion, Bernoulli's, and airfoil. Lessons can be used as stand-alone modules or as part of a unit. These materials are subject to the Federal Information Act guidelines.

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