What Are Some Airplane Facts for Kids?

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Airplane facts for kids include the history of airplanes, their operations and comparisons. Other facts deal with the mode of aircraft operations, structure and uses. Comparisons between airplanes and kites, insects and fish that fly are other facts for kids to enjoy learning about.

Airplanes have fixed wings that rotate thus enabling their movement. The first people to create an aircraft were two American brothers called Wilbur and Orville Wright. They invented a 3-axis control that enabled the pilot to control the plane effectively. The two brothers were the first people to make a flight that was controlled and sustained by human beings.

The wings of a plane feature a shape called an airfoil which is designed to overcome the effect of gravitational pull and lift up the plane as it travels through the air. The airfoil shape makes the air flow faster over the top of the plane than the bottom. It increases the pressure under the wings that pushes the plane up through areas of low pressure. The disturbed air slows down the plane as it moves forward, thereby ensuring balance. The plane overcomes the drag using the power provided by the engine thrust.

Pilots control the aircraft from the cockpit. The cockpit is found at the front of the fuselage. Fuselage refers to a long, thin body of the aircraft. Airplanes help in military attacks, transportation, research and recreation. They run at different speeds, with some running at a supersonic speed. The most popular commercial plane that had a supersonic speed was the Concorde, which could travel a distance in three and a half hours that would take a normal commercial flight eight hours to complete.