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Thread: Plane on a Treadmill?

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    This was posted on another forum and it has gone about 40 pages so far. I cant believe people cant figure this out. Its scarry how dumb people are.
    A plane is standing on a runway that can move (like a giant conveyor
    belt). This conveyor has a control system that tracks the plane's
    speed and tunes the speed of the conveyor to be exactly the same (but
    in the opposite direction) instantly.
    Will the plane be able to take off?

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    Phat Matt

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    No, it will fly... There is no question about it.

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  5. #5
    Either way it will take off. LOL

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    The wheels just roll so it doesn't matter how fast your spinning the conveyor belt, the wheels will just be moving faster. The plane will still fly, you'll just have more rolling resistance on take-off.

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    It wont fly theres no air going over the wings so theres no lift........

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    no air speed, no lift off. it can go 200 mph on the tread mill but it still has no lift. unless you have one hell of a head wind.

  10. #10
    How fast is the wind blowing??

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