Can a plane fly on a conveyor belt?

Imagine a plane moving forward on a conveyor belt and the conveyor belt itself also moving at the same speed with the plane but on the opposite way of the plane. Will the plane fly or will it just stay stationary?

Asked By: Lo-V - 7/17/2008
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I will leave it to someone better able to explain, but NO..It will NOT fly. (The way you have posted the question... More
Answered By: jason s - 7/17/2008
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The plane will fly. the reason is because the plane gains speed through the propeller not the wheels. say the plane needs to reach 150mph to take off. if the conveyor belt is moving at 150mph the wheels(only the wheels) are moving at 300mph. The plane itself,excluding the wheels, is moving at 150mph. which is what it... More
Answered By: jonsad - 7/17/2008
here's the deal: the conveyor belt is moving at the same speed but opposite of the aircraft, then the aircraft will be stationary. If the aircraft is stationary, then the conveyor belt (moving at the same speed) will be stationary as well. No movement, no flight.
Answered By: jtexas - 7/17/2008
Absolutely not... More
Answered By: Louis - 7/17/2008
This question cracks me up every time I hear it. The only way the plane would remain stationary is if the pilot applied barely enough throttle to overcome the friction in the wheels. Any more throttle, the propeller/jet would move him forward, allowing it to attain the required airspeed for takeoff. It doesn't... More
Answered By: Rob G - 7/17/2008
When on a treadmill, you move by pushing your feet against the treadmill, you need friction... same thing with a car. A plane, however, doesn't need friction on the ground to fly, the wheels need not spin... More
Answered By: nano - 7/17/2008
This exact same question was asked on the AOPA forums. A forum of pilots, and there was a huge debate as to weather or not the airplane could fly... More
Answered By: Dennis M - 7/18/2008
Some of you guys forget... More
Answered By: PhatTats - 7/18/2008
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