Physics

How do wings work?

Have you ever heard that wings work because high pressure forms above the wing and low pressure below as the air on top and bottom need to reach the trailing edge at the same time? This video from The Bloodhound Project explains why that’s not the whole story.

Instead wings work by introducing a curve in the air flow. This deflection in one direction results in a force in the other, as well as causing a difference in air pressure to form. The resulting uplift is what keeps planes in the air.