Great Ground Effects!!

March 13, 2010 at 12:11 am | Posted in What's happing this week? | 1 Comment

Some big news came out of the 787 flight testing this week. Boeing announced the 787 has traveled down to Southern California to experiment with ground effects testing. What does this mean? Well in a nutshell the plane will fly very close to the ground for longer periods of time to determine the effects of lift and drag on the aircraft. Basically when the plane flies at a prescribed distance above the ground, more lift is generated by the wings because the air is “forced” against the ground.  Check out the picture below (not of a Boeing 787) to see what I mean by flying close to the ground (or in this case water). Either way (water or ground) the effects are the same.

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  1. What is on the top of this plane ?


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