Encyclopedia > Flight

  Article Content


Flight is the process of flying: movement through the air by aerodynamically generating lift or aerostatically[?] using buoyancy, and movement of spacecraft.

Animal flight There are currently no other flying animals than insects, birds, and bats, and not all of them can fly. Each of these group's wings evolved separately from different structures. Pterosaurs are an extinct group of flying vertebrates contemporaneous with the dinosaurs.

The largest birds, the ostrich and the emu, can not fly, nor can for example the penguin.

Among flying animals, the wandering albatross has the greatest wingspan, up to 3.5 metres (11.5 feet), and the trumpeter swan perhaps the greatest weight, 17 kilograms (38 pounds).

Fictional: Dumbo, the flying elephant.

Mechanical flight

Flying machines are aircraft, including aeroplanes, helicopters, airships and balloons, and spacecraft.

In the case of an aeroplane it involves

The same applies for other flying machines and flying animals, except for the taxiing.

See also aviation, air transport, aircraft, public transport service numbering.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Digital Rights Management

... holder. The context is most commonly digital (ie, as in a computer or computerized device), hence the 'digital' in DRM. In contrast to existing legal restrictions which ...

This page was created in 25.4 ms