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      the upward force that keeps an aircraft in flight. Lift is created by the
      aircraft's wings moving through the air.

Lift is the force that holds an aircraft in the air.

An airplane must have enough lift so gravity cannot pull it down.


Related Links:
What Is Aerodynamics?
How Wings Lift the Airplane
Watch lift in action. Then click the helicopter to learn more.

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The wings of an airplane help create the lift that keeps it in the air.
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