How Planes Stay In the Sky: For Kids & Grownups Who Wanna Know (VIDEO)

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There are two kinds of people in the world ... those who love flying and those who are fully aware we're strapped into a giant, heavy, metal tube zooming through the air in a death-tempting feat of engineering (guess which one I fall into?).

No matter what side you're on, eventually your kid is going to ask you how those planes they love to spot stay aloft. And you'd better have a better answer than "magic."

Here's a hint: There's a physics principle involved, which will make you sound impressively smart to your kids. Always good to stay one step ahead, right?

 Here's how it works:

Did you know the answer? Will it calm you down if you're a nervous flier?

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nonmember avatar KellyB

I did know...my dad is an aerospace engineer :) And it actually has always reassured me to understand how it works.

Brazi... Braziemom

I didnt know until they explained it on mythbusters. Gooooo mythbusters :)

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