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Should airplane wings be at a certain angle?

A:

Yes and no. Airplanes have many uses and the design of the wings helps adapt a plane to better suit its purpose. This means different planes have differently angled wings based on their purpose. The wings of an airplane are responsible for lift. Their angle is just one part of making sure lift is created. Looking at an airfoil can show how lift changes with different angles and shapes.

 

Categories: Forces of Flight