Anatomy of an Airplane

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        Anatomy of an Airplane This is not a science or mechanical
lesson. Read on, and you will see for yourself. Where would we be without
airplanes? These highly useful vehicles are found in almost every aspect
of life as we know it today. Everything, from travel, to science and
space exploration, to even the military has benefited from the use of
these amazing machines. What did we ever do without airplanes? Just think
of how differently things would have turned out if George Washington or
Lewis and Clark had had an airplane to aid them in their endeavors! Now,
what is it that makes airplanes so versatile and useful? The answer to
that one is simple. Airplanes can achieve high altitudes, cover great
distances, and overcome most obstacles that other vehicles just can not.
How do they do that? To answer that one, we need to look at the
individual parts that make up an airplane. First of all, and most
important, is the wings. These are the structures that provide the lift
needed to get the airplane off the ground. In order for the wings to work
efficiently, they need to be just the right shape to allow the air to
flow over them properly. In addition, the wings also have to be strong
enough to support the entire weight of the airplane and to withstand the
forces imposed during flight. If they are not strong enough, they will
fold under pressure and collapse and the airplane will not fly. Next in
line is the power source. In order to fly, an airplane must have an
engine to move it along. This engine must be strong enough to provide the
required thrust to get the airplane up to speed and keep it aloft. The
engine must also be reliable. If it sputters and fails during take-off,
the airplane will plummet to the ground. Even gliders need some sort of
power source to get it moving. Whether it is a push from a steam
catapult, towed from another plane or simply the force of gravity. Then,
of course, is the tail section. This mechanism contains most of the
control surface that allow the airplane to steer and maneuver with the
greatest of agility and grace. These surfaces must be able to move
quickly and freely to allow the airplane to make quick and nimble
movements. The rudder controls the left and right motions, while the
elevator controls the up and down motions. If either the rudder or the
elevator becomes obstructed, worn, or damaged, the airplane will not be
able to maneuver properly and will either spin out of control or not even
fly at all. Now, for the moment you have all been waiting for. Just what
does all of this have to do with us? If you want to get your life off the
ground and flying high, get in shape and be strong. Spread your wings and
keep your tail in good working order. Get up to speed and stay motivated.
Only then will you be able to go the distance, overcome most any
obstacle, and you will soar with the best of the best!        <!--

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