How Do Wings Work?

Ever wonder how wings on an airplane are like wings on a bird? "anonymous!@" asked us just that question! To find out how wings on a glider move through the air and create lift and drag, watch this animation of a glider being tested in a wind tunnel.

Then check out the two-part Design Squad episode, One Giant Leap, Part 1 and Part 2 to see gliders in action! 

Aircraft wing designers have always been inspired by birds. Birds glide for maximum lift and fold their wings for reduced drag -- which is exactly what aviation engineers want for the airplanes that they create.

Want to see more answers to Design Squad questions?

Want to read and watch more cool stuff?

More Wow!