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No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air - Scientific American
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science  airplane  aerodynamics  aviation  flight  explanation  mystery  air 
19 days ago by ivar
No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air
On a strictly mathematical level, engineers know how to design planes that will stay aloft. But equations don't explain why aerodynamic lift occurs.

There are two competing theories that illuminate the forces and factors of lift. Both are incomplete explanations.

Aerodynamicists have recently tried to close the gaps in understanding. Still, no consensus exists.
aerodynamics  lift  airplanes  explanation 
19 days ago by drmeme

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