Ask an Explainer


What does the nose of an airplane do?


The nose of an airplane is very important to flight. Like the tip of an arrow, it decides where the plane is going to go. All of the elements of flight depend on keeping the nose pointed in the right direction.


It also pays a key role in limiting drag around the aircraft. It slices through the air, allowing it to flow around the aircraft in a gentle way that won't slow it down. In that way, it's very important in keeping the plane efficient. 

Ask an Explainer