Tagged: wakes

Turbulence

So on my way back to BU after Thanksgiving break, I was trying to sleep on the airplane when everything started to shake. This got me to thinking, what causes turbulence during flight? In its basic form, turbulence is a disruption in the air flow over the wings of the plane (or bird). It can […]

Hummingbird’s Wake

One of my favorite things about spring and summer is lying in an open field watching the clouds go by. Every once and a while a plane will go by leaving an enormous wake¬†of what looks like white clouds behind it. Only recently did I learn that these cloud trails are caused by vortexes of […]