HOW GLIDERS WORK
All a glider is basically an airplane with no engine, because they have no engine they must be towed up to the air. How you would do this is you would take a conventional plane, tie a rope to it and tow the aircraft into the air. The rope that they use to tow a glider is called a towline. Another thing about gliders is that because they have no engine to produce speed the pilot must turn the glider sharply downward to trade the altitude for speed. Landing a glider is in a way like landing a conventional plane, but on a glider located toward the front is one small wheel. The wings on a glider are very strong because when landing a glider it is hard because you can’t speed up or slow down you just go the speed you go. The wings are made strongly just in case some damage is made to them there won’t be a mark.

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Figure 1: This is a picture showing that a glider has no engine.

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Figure 2: This is a picture of what a real life glider looks like.


How a glider is like an airplane

A glider is so much like an airplane. First, both airplane and gliders are aircrafts that fly in the air, but they both don’t have engines. Something that an airplane and glider both have is wings, a tail, a cockpit, an instrument panel, and a fuselage, or a body. In some ways they both work the same way like a pilot controls both of them. In other ways gliders and airplanes do not work the same like a glider needs to be towed in the air and glider doesn't most gliders are smaller than an airplane, and gliders don’t have engine’s but, airplanes do.


Silent Plane
A silent plane is a different type of aircraft than a glider; it is more updated and technological but is still a type of aircraft. Designs for the aircraft are used by the computer and some are on a 3-D virtual color display. This is done so it would be very easy for the designers to change the ideas they had right on the three dimensional visual then just building it and noticing that it wasn't right and rebuilding the aircraft. In this certain aircraft it results in going faster and quieter because there is less fuel then usual needed.


Glossary

Conventional: normal, basic

Altitude: height

Fuselage: The body, main part, where people sit in a aircraft.



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