Why Are Airplane Wings Angled Backwards??

Being backwards isn't always bad. Scholars view a short video in the Real Engineering series to see why airplane wings are not straight and are angled backwards. The video provides a brief timeline of how airplane wings have evolved over time.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an engineer to give a presentation on the topic
  • Have pupils create a graphic organizer comparing and contrasting straight and angled wings
Classroom Considerations

  • It is beneficial if learners have some knowledge of lift and drag

  • Diagrams help distinguish between the Bell X-1 (straight wings) and the Bell X-5 (angled wings)
  • Gives thorough and detailed explanations

  • None