Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 10 - Fluids - Questions: 15

Answer

By taking off into the wind, the speed of the air, relative to the airplane wings, is effectively increased.

Work Step by Step

This generates more lift on the wings and lets the plane to take off at a lower ground speed, saving fuel and letting the plane take off from a shorter runway (or perhaps carry more cargo and passengers for a runway of a certain length).
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