Will It Take Off?

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There’s been a little bit of a conversation on this matter, and I’m not sure why. It seems obvious to me, right?
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    127 Responses to Will It Take Off?

    1. it might take off however how could you let them do that to jesus?

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    2. “Hey,” Herbie said, “Tony, can you fly?”
      But Tony couldn’t fly, Tony died

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    3. DO NOT TAKE OFF! THERE IS A BOMB ON THE PLANE!!

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    4. Those aren’t bombs, they’re more mouth watering motha’ fuckin snakes.

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    5. The treadmill is incidental, as a matter of fact the tires are incidental as well. A water plane uses immobile skids for take off and landing. If you want lift of the plane you must have airflow over and under the wings. The faster airflow over the wings and the slower airflow under the wings causes a differential of air pressure thus creating lift. The plane moves down a runway to get airflow, not speed.

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    6. i think its shopped anyway.
      See the pixels?

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    7. if the belt on the treadmil isnt moving then, yes it will.

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    8. Mythbusters aired their episode tonight (12/21/08) on this: Airplane on a Conveyor belt? Prolly a repeat, but first time I’ve seen it.

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    9. Damn that was just the promo. Gimme a bit.

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    10. Ok so mythbusters busted it, Yes it will take off, but what is we turn it around, and ask “will it take off under the power of the treadmill, meaning the treadmill is going the same direction as the airplane, but the airplane is a glider and does not have its own power, will THAT take off?

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    11. I still say no. W/out wind to give lift, there’s no way to take off and a treadmill will not create wind over the (and under) the wings.

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    12. @nyokki: Haha, did you watch the videos? If you think about it, the propeller is still moving the plane forward, which will move the plane, but still will not create wind resistance on the wings.

      They really half-assed that episode, like most of them.

      I think that if it was on a treadmill, it would get enough speed to lunge itself forward and create enough lift, but we will never know thanks to mythbusters

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    13. @casemods: Damn those Mythbusters!

      I only caught the last few minutes and e1 was here was talking, so, no I didn’t watch all of it yet. I’ve got it on dvr to watch…at some point.

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    14. No shit, this is my favorite internet debate of all time.

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    15. just get a normal place but take the wheels off, but it on the ground, start up the engines and see if it takes off

      (no)

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    16. Thrust from engines equivalent to 100mph. ‘Treadmill’ moving backwards at 100mph. Wheels moving equivalent of 200mph, aircraft takes off, airspeed/groundspeed slightly less than 100mph.

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