Questions tagged [flight]

For questions related to the act or process of flying through an atmosphere. Includes any means of propelling oneself through the atmosphere of a world, including biological or technological. Does not include flight outside an atmosphere (compare [space-travel]). Compare [aircraft] and [airships], which are about the machines themselves.

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Why would adipose tissue be the most essential ingredient in achieving flight?

Witches have two means of achieving flight. One is through enchanting items such as broomsticks. The other is through a liquid referred to as "flying ointment". This ointment is made by ...
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Is my idea of Wyverns realistic?

I am an aspiring fantasy writer, and I wanted to include rideable Wyverns in my world. There will be a magic system in my world, but I still want to make them as scientifically possible as I can. Now, ...
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Would an evolutionary predecessor for winged quadrupeds start with four legs and gain wings? Or start with two legs and wings and gain extra legs?

Background For a pair of games I am working on, I'm trying to work in a VERY basic evolutionary timeline for a lot of the more mythical creatures to set up design language of some of the creatures. ...
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How to build an airport at 30,000ft?

What differences might an airport runway and landing differences have on Mount Everest for airplanes at 30,000ft? The drawn line in the pictures is about 2 miles. This would be practical for hand ...
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How do I give human fighters a chance when fighting much faster and technologically advanced alien craft?

Human fighters in this instance are six WWII Spitfire Vs and one B-17 Bomber modified with two extra turrets. Each of these planes has been refitted with shields, which can protect from 2 shots on the ...
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Assuming the wing is strong enough to handle the forces, would allocating wing area towards the tip of a creature's wings help with flapping flight?

When it comes to pushing against fluids (such as water and air) you gotta get speed, demon speed! Speed is what we need! We need greasy-fast speed! It's rather apparent that slow-moving objects tend ...
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Humanoid avians with six limbs, how to modify their bodyplan so that their ribcage won't constrain certain movements?

Thundercats 2011 was great. I mean, it even had Thanos and infinity stones before it was cool. Such a good remake simply couldn't survive in final-stage capitalism, as those who worked on it didn't ...
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A missile that's launched from "small' flying dragons. How can it take advantage of that?

So, when I say small dragons, they're still around the size of a Clydesdale horse, of course. While this might seem small, that's because you're watching them on a small screen and because people ...
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Is there any way to estimate the carrying capacity of large fliers?

When it comes to the usefulness of large fliers in modern combat, the most important question is: "How much can they carry before they can't take off anymore?" It would be beneficial if you ...
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Parachute equivalent when there is no ground

In this world wandwavium machines fly around with glee. But, between one flying island and another, there is no ground. Beneath your flying machine the air only gets denser, and denser, until ...
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How would a horse-like animal fly using artificially engineered wings?

This animal is built similar to a earth horse. The bone structure is more like a deer or gazelle then a horse. The artificial wings were made by the people in my fantasy world, and they're more like a ...
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How could six-limbed dragons launch like vampire bats and giant pterosaurs?

So, birds have a rather significant disadvantage, Tthey "jump" into the air, which requires beefy legs that become dead weight in flight. Bats and giant pterosaurs circumvented this problem ...
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A flying animal that would experience little to no drag?

I wanted to design a huge alien organism that resembles something like a jet. It lives on a low gravity planet that has 60% earth’s gravity and a similar atmosphere to earth. It would fly by ...
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Quadrupedal Flight

Ok, so, there is a character of mine that is a quadrupedal fox-rabbit-hybrid creature, and it has the magical power to sprout out wings of magical energy from their shoulders. In order to make ...
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What Is The Best Wing Design For A Giant Flying Animal

What wing design is best-suited for gigantic flying vertebrates, and why? The wing designs I'm considering are Bat Wings, Bird Wings, and Pterosaur Wings. I'm leaning towards Pterosaur simply because ...
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Would it be possible for humans to fly with mechanical wings?

This is something I’m thinking about. Now, these would be wings that are not powered by the person themself, since we do not have the strength for it (and I don’t want to use legs). They’d be powered ...
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Could Neopteran wings be supported by a flexible ribcage?

Could a small tetrapod fly using Neopteran-like wings that are integrated into the ribcage between the ribs and the spine, with the ribcage being flexible and containing flight muscles instead of ...
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What is the best form of powered vehicular flight within a McKendree habitat?

Background A McKendree cylinder is a spinning space habitat in the style of an O'Neill cylinder (below), but orders of magnitude larger. McKendree habitats are hundreds of kilometres in diameter and ...
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Would a life-bearing Earth-like world with 3g average gravity produce more or fewer flying creatures than Earth?

On one hand, heavier gravity would make flying more difficult, owing to greater weight restrictions on the flying creatures' bodies. On the other hand, the greater density of the atmosphere on our ...
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How many wings would a vertebrate-like hexapod have? [closed]

If there were six-limbed animals that were otherwise similar to vertebrates, I'm wonndering what's the most plausible way for them to evolve some of those limbs into wings would be. Would they be more ...
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What key technologies in today's world would not exist if flight was never discovered? [closed]

For an alternate world sci-fi novel, I'm trying to figure out which technologies they have. I would prefer for flight not to exist. Would this interfere with things like computer technology? I ...
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Could the MUTO wing structure work in any way?

The male MUTO creature new godzilla movies has a very peculiar wing design: despite having leathery wings, those don't connect to the side of its body, but to two support "rods" that seem to come out ...
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How would gryphons go about defending themselves against humans?

So, let's start turning the tables. Previously, we talked about humans slaying gryphons, now let's talk about gryphons fighting back against humans. Gryphons Gryphons are hexapodal creatures, ...
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A dragon, a gryphon and a tengu are flying toghether. How can they actually communicate?

One problem, I think writers often overlook, is the problem of flying creatures communicating with each other. I call this the "I can't hear you over the sound of the f@cking headwind!" For my world, ...
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So, how do I put the extra muscle, needed for flight, into a large flying creatures like dragons?

I've been thinking about this the whole day. At first I thought it was an easy fix, given my dragon's bones have a tensile strength of 3-6.5 GPa and an elastic modulus of 50-140 GPa, depending on the ...
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Can a “boneless” flying creature exist?

The creature was originally a human, altered by an external agent that basically remade its body (carbon based). The creature is roughly 2 meters and relatively light. It is humanoid and boneless, ...
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Flying commercial airliners with ground power?

A thought occurred to me, and I wondered if it could be made practical... This video talks about the possibility of electrical battery powered planes, and in short, while it may be practical to build ...
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How can a dragon take off to the air silently?

Imagine a dragon as tall as average adult horse with a wing span of 12m long measuring from tip to tip. I wonder what evolutionary traits or techniques could allow the dragon to lift itself off the ...
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How would a bird's flight change entering the zero gravity axis of an O'neil cylinder?

This question on space stack begins to tackle how a bird could fly inside an O'Neill cylinder, https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/27665/can-birds-fly-inside-an-oneill-cylinder. Here is the ...
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Humans with bird wings [duplicate]

So i recently found this site and it proved useful for many unanswered science question except for one big one I want to know: What properties would allow for bird wings on humans, NOT connected to ...
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Navigating a sea of sulfur hexafluoride

Sulfur hexafluoride is pretty awesome. It is a gas six times denser than regular air, and thus you can actually make tinfoil "boats" float on it. It also makes your voice deep when you breathe it in. ...
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Aerodynamics of propeller vs screw/fin based aerial propulsion

Would it make sense to use screw- and fin-like bending surfaces for propulsion (like what eels or the king of herrings have but in the atmosphere) instead of regular propellers or even flapping wings ...
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How nimble can I make my aeroplanes?

Although I'm aware of the real life existence of aerosports involving planes, exactly how nimble can I expect my planes, of a similar size, to be. If I were to design or have a racing course for said ...
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Would cold-blooded dragon be suitable for flying?

I am designing a cold-blooded dragon about the size of a house cat with a wingspan of 3 metres from tip to tip. It will climb on top of rocks at noon when there is ample sunlight overhead. I need it ...
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Scientific explanation for summoned creatures

Throughout the ages, The Summoners were a prominent family of mages (but technology is magic here), who possess the ability to call forth creatures from cards. Of course they can only summon creatures ...
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Air resistance speed limits on a broomstick

I'm working on a tabletop roleplaying game about witches. I have most of the mechanics of broomsticks worked out, but I'm having trouble deciding on top speeds. Speed limits are not a result of how ...
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Does gliding flight give any advantages to dragons in combat?

"They fly now?" "They fly now!?" "They fly now" One of the most iconic characteristic of dragons is their ability to fly, on top of that, my intelligent (human level) dragons also use a fun ...
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Optimal posture for hexapodal dragon while flying?

So, the dragons of my setting were inspired by several things, which include D&D dragons, a mockumentary and Asian water monitors. Now, dragons look something similar to this: They glide for most ...
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Would this dragon-rider combo be physically plausible?

Taking into account the some limitations of the square-cube law, biology, and aviation, I have tried to make a dragon-like creature and a hominid that participate in a symbiotic relationship. For ...
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How tattered can membranous wings get before flight becomes impossible?

It's a common trope in the visual design of dragons, giant bats and other fictional flying beings to have wings that appear to be severely torn, cut, pierced, and otherwise worn down. It's also quite ...
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could a robot fly with powerful enough electromagnets?

The robot in question is a large, worm-like mining robot built for digging tunnels. It has electromagnets positioned throughout the segments of its body, for the purpose of pulling metals out of the ...
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Can an Io-like world exist in such conditions to allow this character to fly?

This character has a set of dragonfly-like wings. These are not normal for her species, and would normally be something of a birth defect requiring amputation. But through liberal application of ...
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Plausibility of Hexapodal Aerial Megafauna

How plausible is a six-limbed flying animal roughly the size of hatzegopteryx to be aerial? In this case, an aerial animal will be defined as a creature that solely inhabits the sky. I will call the ...
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How big would the wings of my dragons have to be in order to fly? [duplicate]

I haven't really gotten into the size of my dragons, but I figured that a reasonable reference point for the size of my dragons would be Tyrannosaurus rex, since my dragons, as adults, look like ...
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Large flying creature on super earth?

I am working on a habitable planet that orbits around a red dwarf star and it is about 1.5 times bigger and more massive than the Earth. Gravity there is stronger and the atmosphere is thicker. Now, ...
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Maximum scale for “bumblebee” flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocating ...
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Could you fly a Boeing 747 on Venus?

I have been making a future colonization scenario where people have vast colonies on Mars and cloud top bases on Venus. These things are unbelievably large. I've already thought of a way to travel ...
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Would a flying, human sized species from a planet smaller than Earth be stronger, as strong or weaker than humans?

I'm working on a sci fi story where one of the species has batlike wings and comes from a moon around the size of Titan with roughly the same atmospheric pressure as Earth. Initially, I thought they'd ...
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What would be the wingspan and lifting surface area for a 5kg canard-configuration squid glider?

I need my jet-propelled squid to be an efficient glider, something similar to an albatross but he's built in the canard configuration like a real flying squid (below). His combined weight is 5 kg ...
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Anatomically Correct Propellers

NOTE: I previously asked the same question regarding wheels, because I thought that the answers would still help me and that wheels were more applicable to a wider audience than propellers. However, I ...

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