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An airplane descends for landing



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Grades 9-12


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This NASA video segment explores how Newton’s laws apply to the landing of an airplane. Viewers watch an instructor at NASA’s National Test Pilot School and learn that the approach is the first phase of landing an airplane, that the flaps on an airplane’s wings help decrease the speed of the aircraft, and that the curvature of the wings helps keep the airplane aloft at slower speeds.

The Landing: Approach
Duration: 2 minutes 36 seconds


More videos and video clips in this series:
Introduction to Newton’s Three Laws, Lesson 1
The Law of Inertia: Newton’s First Law
Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration: Newton’s Second Law
The Law of Action and Reaction: Newton’s Third Law
Weight and Balance, Lesson 2
Lift and Rate of Change of Momentum, Lesson 3
Drag, Lesson 4
Thrust, Lesson 5
Take Off, Lesson 6
Climb and Descent, Lesson 7
Cruise, Lesson 8
The Landing, Lesson 9
The Landing: Flare
The Landing: Rollout
The Landing: Summary
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