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[[Image:Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg|right|thumb|250px|{{#ifexist:Template:Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg/credit|{{Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg/credit}}<br/>|}}The [[Boeing 747]] is one of the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.]]
 
[[Image:Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg|right|thumb|250px|{{#ifexist:Template:Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg/credit|{{Boeing 747 cargo jet.jpg/credit}}<br/>|}}The [[Boeing 747]] is one of the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.]]
'''Fixed-wing aircraft''', also called airplanes (American) and aeroplanes (British)
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are vehicles that fly by moving forward in the Earth's atmosphere.
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'''Fixed-wing aircraft''' are vehicles that remain aloft by moving forward in the Earth's atmosphere.
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When powered they are called airplanes (American) and aeroplanes (British).
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When unpowered, they are called [[glider]]s.
  
 
These aircraft remain aloft through the use of [[lift (force)|aerodynamic lift]] wherein
 
These aircraft remain aloft through the use of [[lift (force)|aerodynamic lift]] wherein
Some or all of the vehicle is shaped as an [[airfoil]].
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some or all of the vehicle is shaped as an [[airfoil]].
  
 
Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from [[rotary-wing aircraft]] such as
 
Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from [[rotary-wing aircraft]] such as

Revision as of 01:39, 18 November 2007

The Boeing 747 is one of the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

Fixed-wing aircraft are vehicles that remain aloft by moving forward in the Earth's atmosphere. When powered they are called airplanes (American) and aeroplanes (British). When unpowered, they are called gliders.

These aircraft remain aloft through the use of aerodynamic lift wherein some or all of the vehicle is shaped as an airfoil.

Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from rotary-wing aircraft such as helicopters and gyroplanes which have an airfoil that moves with respect to the aircraft itself.