“What makes aeroplanes fly?” asked C(10) a few weeks ago. We’ve had fun finding out. An aircraft flying in steady forward motion is subject to four forces: thrust, drag, lift and weight. Aviation f

The Science of Flying (Navigating By Joy)

Free Flight and Energy Booklet - if you’re thinking about doing a unit of work on ‘Flight’ and ‘Energy’, I have the perfect accompaniment for your unit. http://topnotchteaching.com/lesson-plans/free-flight-and-energy-booklet/

Free Flight and Energy Booklet

Free Flight and Energy Booklet - if you’re thinking about doing a unit of work on ‘Flight’ and ‘Energy’, I have the perfect accompaniment for your unit.

Properties of Air and the Characteristics of Flight explained with simple experiments to try.

Bernoulli’s Principle acts as the building blocks for all aerodynamics. Bernoulli’s Principle is the law, discovered by Daniel Bernoulli.

Birds have adapted to become optimally efficient at flying and soaring. Everything about their body is crafted down to minute details for this task.

How Birds Soar infographic--important to know when thinking about migratory birds flying on their long journeys north/south!

Aerodynamics of flight. (a) Airflow around a typical wing profile. (b) Pressure distribution around a typical wing profile. (c) The difference in pressure disappears toward the wingtips as trailing vortices in the wake. (After M. Brooke and T. Birkhead, eds., Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology, Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Aerodynamics of flight. (a) Airflow around a typical wing profile. (b) Pressure distribution around a typical wing profile. (c) The difference in pressure disappears toward the wingtips as trailing vortices in the wake. (After M. Brooke and T. Birkhead, eds., Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology, Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Whether you've spent $20 or $200 on an RC airplane, to get the most fun and enjoyment you need to know a little more than 'what goes up must come down' (although that's important). Discover what to look for and how to control your RC airplane by identifying the key parts and key transmitter controls used for flying radio controlled airplanes.: Control Surfaces Are Moving Parts

RC Airplane Parts and Controls

Whether you've spent $20 or $200 on an RC airplane, to get the most fun and enjoyment you need to know a little more than 'what goes up must come down' (although that's important). Discover what to look for and how to control your RC airplane by identifying the key parts and key transmitter controls used for flying radio controlled airplanes.: Control Surfaces Are Moving Parts

Kites - brief overview from NASA Glenn Research Center; also check out how-to kite making pdf at http://www.aka.kite.org/docs/Handbooks/kitc.pdf

Basic info from NASA on the science of kites -- history, types, physical forces that make kites fly, etc. Good background for talking to kids about kites!

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