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The most common question about planes from people with a fear of flying is “How does something as heavy as a jumbo jet fly?” The answer is simple … take a brick into the garden and throw it and ask yourself why it doesn’t fly. As you realise, it won’t fly because it doesn’t have wings and that’s it in a nutshell, because, generally speaking things need wings to fly. Probably, what you find difficult to believe is that the wings can generate a force to lift the plane … a plane just looks too big and heavy for any force to lift it into the sky … and then propel it at 600 miles an hour. Here’s the answer: it may look very heavy, but it’s nowhere near as heavy as it looks. It weighs as much as ten large lorries and if you saw those alongside a jumbo jet, they’d look tiny by comparison. A jumbo jet is full of space, which weighs nothing; OK your airline fills the space up with some people and some fuel but not all of it. There’s an enormous amount of empty space inside it. So the first thing is that size and weight don’t match. Try to stop thinking of planes as being heavy … just think of them as being big rather than heavy. Remember, a brick is smaller and lighter than a jumbo jet but it doesn’t fly nearly as well. There are good explanations about how planes fly in the Book and Audio CD Set.
The Audio CD Set covers these sorts of things and the many things people are scared of like; Can the wings fall off? Is turbulence dangerous? Is it more dangerous in cloud? How do you know where you are? What happens if you fly through a thunderstorm?
The designer always makes the wings big enough for the plane and the plane’s size depends upon what it has to do. So the bigger the plane the bigger the wings. A plane flies because it has wings big enough to support it. And of course we’re constantly reminded of the so-called miracle of flight.
And never forget that ...
… planes don’t fly despite gravity; they fly because of it, and all the other laws of science and mathematics. The same laws of science that allow us to understand how boats float in water, how trains run on rails and how cars travel along roads. The difference is that we can see a road and we can see the water that a ship floats on, but the sky is invisible, and that makes flying a bit harder to understand. Remember, although your fear of flying is perfectly normal, it can be overcome, starting today … starting now.
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