Aircraft Forces

Produced by Innovate Educate and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, these materials are aimed at primary school children who are already familiar with the idea of forces as pushes and pulls, and that forces can change the motion of objects.

Children think about the types of forces that apply to an aircraft during flight. The context for the activities is the RAF's Red Arrows display team.

Using a presentation, children are introduced to the pushes and pulls acting on an aircraft in flight. These are:
* forward thrust from the engine
* rearward drag caused by air resistance
* downward weight of the aircraft
* upward lift generated by the wings (or helicopter blades).

Children then use plastic tubs, sliding across the floor, to investigate how pushing forces and friction affect movement.

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This activity looks nice for beginners, I will definitely use it for my students