posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 02:31 PM
Assuming no head wind of anything of that sort, the plane will never take off, imagine a plane on a treadmill, that's basically what the question is
I asked my teacher(a pilot for over 20 years) and everyone else in the class(who are training to become pilots) said that the plane will never take
off, one of the students who is educated enough, said that it is really based on friction, because in the perfect world, there is no friction, no
wind, no nothing, so the plane in fact, in the perfect world would take off due to no friction, but because the plane is NOT in a perfect world,
friction is one of the biggest factors, and if something defies physics, but is proved by mathetmatics, I believe it doesn't count, physics
overpowers math, despite the fact that physics uses math alot, I believe we are using the wrong equations.
Just be because the wheels are moving twice as fast, does not mean that the aircraft will take off faster. I think what people are arguing is that the
airplane is on a converyor and the conveyor is moving in the SAME direction of the aircraft(this was posed in my class, and we had a 5 min argument of
people yelling back and forth, until we all figured out that half the kids had actually thought the converyor was moving forward, allowing for the
aircraft to take off faster and in a shorter distance, of course when this was corrected, everyone came to the same conclusion, the plane will not
Now, like Ghost said, BASIC PHYSICS and Aerodynamics, this is what I'm basing my answer on.
Remember little kiddies, you need lift to get airborne, and you get lift through the motion of air through the air foil, low pressure on top, high
pressure on the bottom of the airfoil, and thrust helps with that motion, if the wheels, which are connected to the struts which are connected to the
airplane as a whole are not gaining DISTANCE but are gaining a higher VELOCITY, then it's scalar, it's velocity without a direction. So in
retrospect, the plane is not gaining DISTANCE which it needs in order for the airmasse around the airfoil to start moving over it. Bernoullis
principle tends to help too.