The airplane takes off against the wind not with it

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the airplane takes off against the wind not with it

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Why do aircraft takeoff against the wind.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. Aviation Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for aircraft pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up. I was wondering if it would be better to take off into the wind because then you would need less overall acceleration to takeoff, or with the wind behind you - thereby making it easier for the plane to fly when it's in the air? This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

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We asked scientists to break it down for us. In this case of takeoff, the fast air bearing down on the plane generates an upward force on the wings analogous to a gun's recoil , which helps lift the aircraft. In short, pilots like to take off into a headwind because it helps them achieve "wheels up" faster. Contrary to what you might have thought the last time you sat on a plane that taxied for 20 minutes, airports lay out their runways—not to drive you crazy—but to capitalize on the physics of flight. Exhibit A: In Atlanta, the main wind pattern at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport blows from the west, so all five of its runways are oriented from east to west. Another factor in takeoff is air pressure, and how it changes. You can see how this works by taking a strip of paper that's, say, two-inches-byinches-long, and blowing lengthwise along the top of it, creating a headwind.


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