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Could a jet fly if it were made out of wood?


No. Jets fly at high speeds and require a combustion in their engine. A wooden jet would weigh too much and would not be able to get enough lift to offset the weight and fly. Additionally, the combustion would catch the plane on fire if made of wood. During WWII, German engineers prototyped a jet-powered flying wing aircraft called the Horton Ho 229 that was covered with balsa wood, but we don't have evidence that it flew.