A Boeing 737 airliner is an example of a fixed-wing aircraft
A Pratt & Whitney F100 jet engine being tested. This engine produces a jet of gas to generate thrust. Its purpose is to propel a jet airplane. This particular model turbofan engine powers McDonnell Douglas F-15 and General Dynamics F-16 fighters both.
Delta (triangular) kite
Boys flying a kite in 1828 Bavaria, by Johann Michael Voltz
Le Bris and his glider, Albatros II, photographed by Nadar, 1868
Wright Flyer III piloted by Orville Wright over Huffman Prairie, 4 October 1905
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
Aircraft parked on the ground in Afghanistan
A glider (sailplane) being winch-launched
Ultralight "airchair" Goat 1 glider
A 1943 USAAF Waco CG-4A
Hang gliding
A kite in flight
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 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.

Powered fixed-wing aircraft (airplanes) that gain forward thrust from an engine include powered paragliders, powered hang gliders and some ground effect vehicles.

- Fixed-wing aircraft

A fixed-wing aircraft propulsion system generates forward thrust when air is pushed in the direction opposite to flight.

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

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A Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engine for the F-15 Eagle being tested in the hush house at 
Florida Air National Guard base

Jet engine

A Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engine for the F-15 Eagle being tested in the hush house at 
Florida Air National Guard base
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles
Jet engine during take-off showing visible hot exhaust (Germanwings Airbus A319)
The Whittle W.2/700 engine flew in the Gloster E.28/39, the first British aircraft to fly with a turbojet engine, and the Gloster Meteor
Heinkel He 178, the world's first aircraft to fly purely on turbojet power
A cutaway of the Junkers Jumo 004 engine
Gloster Meteor F.3s. The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' only jet aircraft to achieve combat operations during World War II.
A JT9D turbofan jet engine installed on a Boeing 747 aircraft.
Turbojet engine
Schematic diagram illustrating the operation of a low-bypass turbofan engine.
Rocket engine propulsion
A pump jet schematic.
Typical combustion efficiency of an aircraft gas turbine over the operational range.
Typical combustion stability limits of an aircraft gas turbine.
Specific impulse as a function of speed for different jet types with kerosene fuel (hydrogen Isp would be about twice as high). Although efficiency plummets with speed, greater distances are covered. Efficiency per unit distance (per km or mile) is roughly independent of speed for jet engines as a group; however, airframes become inefficient at supersonic speeds.
Propulsive efficiency comparison for various gas turbine engine configurations
Airbus A340-300 Electronic centralised aircraft monitor (ECAM) Display

A jet engine is a type of reaction engine discharging a fast-moving jet that generates thrust by jet propulsion.

The legacy of the axial-flow engine is seen in the fact that practically all jet engines on fixed-wing aircraft have had some inspiration from this design.