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Why did the Wrights place the propellers at the rear of the plane instead of the front?

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The Wright Brothers placed two wooden propellers on the back of the Wright Flyer so that they would produce thrust to push the airplane forward. Propellers are like a wing but with a twist that thrust the airplane forward. More recent airplanes often have their propellers in front, called tractor configuration.

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