A report on Fixed-wing aircraft and Flight

A Boeing 737 airliner is an example of a fixed-wing aircraft
Natural flight by a brown pelican
Delta (triangular) kite
Human-invented flight: a Royal Jordanian Airlines Boeing 787
Boys flying a kite in 1828 Bavaria, by Johann Michael Voltz
An airship flies because the upward force, from air displacement, is equal to or greater than the force of gravity
Le Bris and his glider, Albatros II, photographed by Nadar, 1868
Female mallard duck
Wright Flyer III piloted by Orville Wright over Huffman Prairie, 4 October 1905
Tau emerald dragonfly
Santos-Dumont's self-propelled 14-bis on an old postcard
Curtiss NC-4 flying boat after it completed the first crossing of the Atlantic in 1919, standing next to a fixed-wing heavier-than-air aircraft
Mechanical flight: A Robinson R22 Beta helicopter
Aircraft parked on the ground in Afghanistan
The International Space Station in earth orbit
A glider (sailplane) being winch-launched
Lighter-than-air airships are able to fly without any major input of energy
Ultralight "airchair" Goat 1 glider
Main forces acting on a heavier-than-air aircraft
A 1943 USAAF Waco CG-4A
Forces on an aerofoil cross section
Hang gliding
Lift is defined as the component of the aerodynamic force that is perpendicular to the flow direction, and drag is the component that is parallel to the flow direction
A kite in flight
Speed and drag relationships for a typical aircraft
Chinese dragon kite more than one hundred feet long which flew in the Berkeley, California, kite festival in 2000
A quad-line traction kite, commonly used as a power source for kite surfing
Train of connected kites
The IAI Heron is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a twin-boom configuration
The upward tilt of the wings and tailplane of an aircraft, as seen on this Boeing 737, is called dihedral angle
The An-225 Mriya, the largest airplane in the world, which can carry a 250-tonne payload, has two vertical stabilizers
Captured Morane-Saulnier L wire-braced parasol monoplane
Two Dassault Mirage G prototypes, one with wings swept (top)
The US-produced B-2 Spirit, a strategic bomber capable of intercontinental missions, has a flying wing configuration
Computer-generated model of the Boeing X-48
The Martin Aircraft Company X-24 was built as part of a 1963–1975 experimental US military program
Canards on the Saab Viggen
Typical light aircraft (Cessna 150M) cockpit with control yokes
The six basic flight instruments. Top row (left to right): airspeed indicator, attitude indicator, altimeter. Bottom row (left to right): turn coordinator, heading indicator, vertical speed indicator.

A fixed-wing aircraft is a heavier-than-air flying machine, such as an airplane, which is capable of flight using wings that generate lift caused by the aircraft's forward airspeed and the shape of the wings.

- Fixed-wing aircraft

A heavier than air craft, known as an aerodyne, includes flighted animals and insects, fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft.

- Flight
A Boeing 737 airliner is an example of a fixed-wing aircraft

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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most produced aircraft in history.


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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most produced aircraft in history.
The Mil Mi-8 is the most-produced helicopter in history.
Hot air balloons
Airship USS Akron over Manhattan in the 1930s
An Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner
Aircraft parked on the ground in Afghanistan
An autogyro
X-24B lifting body
Sailplane (Rolladen-Schneider LS4)
A turboprop-engined DeHavilland Twin Otter adapted as a floatplane
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
Airframe diagram for an AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter
The Boeing 777-200LR is one of the longest-range airliners, capable of flights of more than halfway around the world.
The empennage of a Boeing 747-200
Boeing B-17E in flight
Agusta A109 helicopter of the Swiss air rescue service
A model aircraft, weighing six grams

An aircraft is a vehicle or machine that is able to fly by gaining support from the air.

Aerodynamic lift involving wings is the most common, with fixed-wing aircraft being kept in the air by the forward movement of wings, and rotorcraft by spinning wing-shaped rotors sometimes called rotary wings.

Discovery, a Space Shuttle orbiter in orbit around Earth.


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Discovery, a Space Shuttle orbiter in orbit around Earth.
Landing of, a crewed orbital spaceplane
Buran spaceplane rear showing rocket engine nozzles, attitude control thrusters, aerodynamic surfaces, and heat shielding
An X-15 in flight
United States Gemini tested the use of a Rogallo wing rather than a parachute. August 1964.
United States STS concepts, circa 1970s
Illustration of NASP taking off
MiG-105 crewed aerodynamics test vehicle
An artist's depiction of HOTOL

A spaceplane is a vehicle that can fly and glide like an aircraft in Earth's atmosphere and maneuver like a spacecraft in outer space.

Orbital spaceplanes tend to be more similar to conventional spacecraft, while sub-orbital spaceplanes tend to be more similar to fixed-wing aircraft.

An F/A-18 taking off from an aircraft carrier


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An F/A-18 taking off from an aircraft carrier
An Embraer E-175 taking off
Takeoff of a hot air balloon
Three airliners taking off simultaneously (note similar pitch attitudes)
View from a Jetstar A321 shortly after departure at Melbourne
A Boeing 737-800 retracting its undercarriages during takeoff
Tow line and towing aircraft seen from the cockpit of a glider
The Harrier Jump Jet, a VTOL aircraft

Takeoff is the phase of flight in which an aerospace vehicle leaves the ground and becomes airborne.

Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft include fixed-wing aircraft that can hover, take off and land vertically as well as helicopters and other aircraft with powered rotors, such as tiltrotors.