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Is it possible for a airplane to take off from a treadmill?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by WPDAWG11, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. WPDAWG11

    WPDAWG11 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am no physics major but it seems like as long as it gained wind resistance it would be possible. I was randomly arguing with a buddy having some drinks when we were out off the 96 in arington, TN wheeling just a little bit ago.
     
  2. 169.254.255.201

    169.254.255.201 Well-Known Member

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    Anything is possible..

    You would need a reallly really big treadmill however.
     
  3. teamamerica

    teamamerica Get off your horse and drink your milk.

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    No, you need airflow over wings to produce lift, your wheels would just spin with no increased air flow.
     
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    steve o 77 braaap

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    They did it on myth busters. Look it up
     
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    ckeeton Bazinga

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    mythbusters tested it.
    pretty sure they got lift off with a giant tarp like runway that was towed by a truck.
     
  7. TnRedNeck721

    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    I’m pretty sure myth busters did it.

    and :woot: for wheeling. I went today as well.
     
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    ntilehman Well-Known Member

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    Yea they did it successfully. The plane took off. I didn;t think it would either. Somehow it got lift though.
     
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    some planes can fly at 0 mph over land , as long as they have 20-30 mph of wind.
     
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    I just looked this up I knew I was right lol. Where you live at in TN?
     
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Stationary treadmill and no wind, the plane will not take off. You need air speed to provide lift, that's why things can fly in wind tunnels at no ground speed but plenty of wind speed.
     
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    this entire thread :facepalm:
     
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    The carrier was turned into the wind at flank speed, thus they had whatever wind there was plus whatever speed the carrier could make.

    The combination of these speeds, plus full flaps, provided enough lift over the wings to get airborne...really ballsie.
     
  15. File IFR

    File IFR "... Intercepting The Localizer"

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    Absolutley not.




















    j/k. :D
     
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    Helicopters cant get any lift on the moon too.:D
     
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    that conveyor belt could have been going 1000MPH and the plane still would have taken off. the wheels would probably fall off. As long as the plane is rolling before the ground is moving it will everytime. if the plane is physically moving backwards and there is airflow going over the opposite direction of the wing greater than the force being exerted by the engine then no it wouldnt fly until that stall threshold is broken.
     
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    you mean wind-mill or tread-mill? not that it really matters.
     
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    What conveyor belt ?
     
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