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Takeoff On a Conveyor Belt

If a plane sits on a conveyor belt whose speed matches that of the plane in the opposite direction, can the plane take off?

Yes, because a plane’s wheels roll freely and have no affect on the movement of the plane(unlike a car). The propeller or jet engine makes the plane move and the plane will be able to take off normally. If you don’t believe me, here’s proof.

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4 Comments on "Takeoff On a Conveyor Belt"

Erbureth says
May 4, 2016 @ 12:16


assuming the conveyor belt can always match the speed, it will rise up to infinity, wheels would melt from friction and plane would crash.

Joe says
July 22, 2016 @ 13:37

No. If the plane is sitting on the conveyer belt, its speed is zero. Once it begins moving, it is possible.

Joe says
July 22, 2016 @ 14:01

If the plan is sitting, its speed is zero, meaning it cannot take off.

Scott Cohen says
December 27, 2016 @ 21:15

Without forward speed an airplane will not have lift. The “Myth Busters” used RC Airplanes that had a power to weight racios far outside full scale aircraft, also the ultra-lite airplane used was over powered for it’s weight.

Keep in mind, Air Planes do not do well taking-off “down wind” and I hope I don’t have yo explain why!

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