Episode 36: How Airplanes REALLY Fly

4 Real Forces No, this is not really about the cute graphic I put on the blog, it’s about correcting an unfortunate misguided explanation for how airplanes fly that seems to have been repeated over and over through the years. That explanation is that it all comes down to Bernoulli’s principle, where if a fluid (like air) travels faster over one side of a surface (like the curved top of a wing), the pressure on that surface will be decreased as compared to, say, the bottom… oh never mind, you can just listen. You’re welcome for setting things straight and hope you enjoy that and the music!