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.
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Landing - the Approach This NASA video segment explores how Newton's laws apply to the landing of an airplane. To watch the video, click here. You will need to download the free QuickTime Player in order to view this video.