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Why don't the wings break?!

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2 months of Premium Skillshare!👉 https://skl.sh/mentour6 Have you ever been sitting by an Aircraft window and though;Those wings are flexing a lot, I wonder if that is normal? In todays episode I will be talking about everything wing related, from how they are constructed to if they SHOULD flex and what ultimately might break them. Stay tuned and If you have any questions, post them in the comments or ask me directly in my FREE mobile application 👇🏻 📲IOS: https://appstore.com/mentouraviation 📲Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teamta.mentouraviation If you want to support the channel AND be part of my Patreon crew👇🏻 https://www.patreon.com/mentourpilot A huge thank you to all the featured channels in todays video! Check out the awesome, full versions, of the videos here below! 👇🏻 VernHalen1967 (Wings flexing due turbulence) https://youtu.be/NYsFk4I14N8 InventingTheWorld (Airbus wing construction) https://youtu.be/qbBhg8xISug Insider (Airbus wing flex test) https://youtu.be/--LTYRTKV_A Mustard (De Havilland Comet) https://youtu.be/v0Cg2ZeYa5E Boeing (How 777X wing spars are controlled) https://youtu.be/ZQQSW8a-vXY Chrigels Vans RV-8 HB-YZZ (Home building wings) https://youtu.be/F6PCZ-bVHLI Jack Koehler (How to crush a soda can) https://youtu.be/dCnR11gf4_Y Topfelya (Airbus 35 vs Boeing 787 wing flex) https://youtu.be/JGJmn2fw0Ew Boz1200m3d (Zero G flight) https://youtu.be/drdBKMOZmTc
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Kris Kwas (2 days ago)
Fuel in wings?????? Think about it. Thin and flexible. No leaks????
Telarius (1 day ago)
You realize liquid can change shape right.
Elias Seldee (3 days ago)
Han e svenne
steve9uk (3 days ago)
good video for nervous flyers
Susan Mandeville (3 days ago)
I like the artwork on your back wall. You have such a wealth of info!! I am addicted!
Bernd P (5 days ago)
If we go beyond the flexibility limits of the material , too much vertical strain, they might at least take some permanent structural damage, bend or even snap. (This would have to be replaced lateron)
BEN DIESEL (6 days ago)
I HAVE ALWAYS WANTING TO KNOW THIS!
Timothy Carleton (7 days ago)
Aluminium or aluminum?
Errique Young (10 days ago)
I like the way he says aluminum
João Castro (10 days ago)
O N E F I F T Y F O U R
me ! (10 days ago)
Bro, I needed you a couple weeks ago. First time flyer i was so paranoid..just grab a seat next to me and explain everything 😂
Imagine (11 days ago)
Never..... they must be made of, Titan or Wolfram alloy because they cut the thick steel of the World Trade Center buildings...so they must be incredibly strong.
Jay P (11 days ago)
Like the explanation, very informative, thanks much ... like the dog for listening to the explanation as well
Tipi84 (12 days ago)
Bright Site stole your Video
christ4u2now (12 days ago)
7:03 How is it possible that the another airplane behind the airplane taking off is so very close behind in the air? Is that not a security risk for the take off? It actually looks like it's levitating without any movements.
Bad Cattitude (12 days ago)
The first time I noticed the flexing, it kinda freaked me out. But my grandpa was an air force pilot and he promised me it was totally normal
terrerov (13 days ago)
I get it all that... but the dog is adorable.
JERRY tm (13 days ago)
Cause it uses flex tape
Justin Davies (13 days ago)
Does thunder storms electric electrify planes body or rowering viberate the body to brake
Lain Iwaku (13 days ago)
since i watched him and captain joe video, their video don't stop to popup in my recommendation list and i can't stop watching it 😭😂
58metzger (14 days ago)
thank you!!
Muneer Bapu (17 days ago)
Again and again thank you so much. Am flying every 10 days one. Your video helps me A lot.
R J (21 days ago)
That dog is so cute, it clearly knows a lot more about aviation that me 😊
RANDALL SEMRAU (22 days ago)
If you went to a metal supplier and asked for 'aviation grade aluminum' they'd look at you funny and then ask you what you want. What you need is commonly available aluminum meeting a certain specification. Once it's cut, drilled, riveted, inspected, coated and certified as an aeronautical product, it's now 'aviation grade'. Whatever that means.
ongkie emir (25 days ago)
Aviation Grade Aluminium ...
Vemochvar VOV (25 days ago)
I liked the explanations. but what about the engines? What if they stop suddenly? Is this nothing but fobia?
Ervin Nagy (25 days ago)
Unlikely for all engines to “stop suddenly”. But if that happens, most aircraft can still glide a fair distance giving the pilot time to find a place to land. A similar incident happened to Air Transat Flight 236 flying across the Atlantic Ocean. Due to a fuel leak and misjudgement/misinterpretation on behalf of the crew the plane ran out of fuel mid way across the Atlantic. It managed to glide for 20 minutes and land in the Azores islands saving all passenger and crew (over 300 people). I wouldn’t worry too much about an all engine out scenario. The likelihood of that happening on an airliner is very low. The risk of dying being hit by a car while crossing the street and browsing your phone is significantly higher. So, chill out and have an enjoyable flight :-)
Aria A (27 days ago)
That's a nice thought, but Alaska Airlines is allowed to fly in US airspace but they didn't bother to grease the jackscrew in the flight 261 stabilizer to save money, which made it jam and then snap mid-flight causing a nose dive into the ocean killing everyone on board. The airline was also found to have been falsifying all their maintenance records in the investigation, AND they suspended a whistleblower mechanic that tried to do the right thing. In the end they only got a small fine while the passengers paid with their lives. The government certainly didn't put them out of business. They still operate in US airspace, and all the other airlines have to compete for low ticket costs with them. So how can the passengers possibly know what's going on behind the scenes and stay safe?
Ron Mortimer (27 days ago)
There are, as you would know better than me, aircraft that fly into cyclones/hurricanes and get right into the eye of it. These must be very strong indeed if a thunderstorm can break up a commercial aircraft. I notice these are usually propeller planes too not jet airplanes. How do they manage to do that? This latest cat 5 hurricane which destroyed a large part of the Bahamas was flown into by a crew who reported from inside it. Sacre bleu!!
OOTurok (1 month ago)
Is aluminum... spelled ...aluminium in Britain?
Abuzer Kadayıf (29 days ago)
OOTurok aluminum-American English, aluminium-British English
Gledi Sefa (1 month ago)
The dog reactions when he Started The video. Ohh Shit here We Go Again talking to a little peace of Plastic that he calls it camera 😂😂
ajcook7777 (1 month ago)
Hilarious that the US Hurricane Center purposely flies planes into hurricanes to get data. People are scared of very mild turbulence!
SensaiMan (1 month ago)
Thanks you put my mind at ease.
kiran Goud (1 month ago)
Hi I have a bit of doubt that why don't modern aviation install huge parachute to aircraft, just in case engines fail the aircraft can land safely without any friction, you don't have to find any runways to land and also every can survive
h4st3d idk (1 month ago)
There are no grades in Aluminium alloy (wich can lead in a certain form of levels), but only alloy types. Aviation uses 6061 and sometimes 2024.
Vivien Leigh (1 month ago)
Du förklarar så otroligt bra! Jag lär mig massor! Jag är inte jätterädd för att flyga men är något av ett kontrollfreak och nyfiken och jag kan inte sluta titta på dina videor :)
Tamoor Ak (1 month ago)
I love how smooth A380 was during my 16 hour long flight! I agree that these larger aircrafts endure less turbulence. Before this I had flown multiple times in only 2 engine Boeing planes which would suffer from turbulence more often and since Im scared of flying planes, I hated it. But just couple of weeks ago I flew in A380 and my fear has almost gone away because the whole flight was extremely smooth with no turbulence even during take off.
kerc Chan (1 month ago)
the same principle applies to boats last I checked, little boats get thrown around in storms bigger boats still get tossed around but seem to be less affected.
Island Fusion (1 month ago)
Dog be like: meh, idc
Dan Hammond (1 month ago)
But wings can and do break. They are supposed to be able to exceed design load limits by 150%. But at 151% of the load limit they do break. This has only happened a few times to airliner aircraft in history. So it is very rare occurrence. Almost always a result of some other failure that happened first that led to the over stress point in the flight.
Karen Kramer (1 month ago)
This is an amazing channel. After watching videos like the flight channel, I have nothing but the utmost of respect from you pilots. Thanks for keeping us safe, most of us.
welsh kraken (1 month ago)
Still want to know your views on the 737 max, and if you would fly it? I don't understand how any airline can make the nose pitch down in a "stall" situation.
Gustav Gnöttgen (1 month ago)
Flap flap flap flap flap 🐦
Le Baron (1 month ago)
16:05 so you claim, yet the FAA allowed that evil Boeing Max thing to fly and, we all know the outcome.
Art Gonzalez Gonzalez (1 month ago)
I love your channel. The content is REALLY the best. So enjoyable, and interesting!
Surfer7901 (1 month ago)
love the dopey Dawg!!
jassenjj (1 month ago)
On 777 I flew once with a perfect view on the wing, it was great to see the span of the tip during wing flexing... Probably a meter.
ColdBlankets (1 month ago)
What is the aircraft at 7:06?
someone somewhere (1 month ago)
777
haha hoho (1 month ago)
Wierd flex but okay
Mr Dub Crazy (1 month ago)
I wanna book a flight on Kazakhstan Airways lol
Mr Dub Crazy (1 month ago)
I flew into London City about 2 years ago when the tail end of the Atlantic hurricane was battering the English channel. That was fun, the flaps and aelerons were going mad all the time. We got kicked around like a football by massive turbulence.
Chloe Hennessey (1 month ago)
I don’t fly anywhere without my parachute. Period. If the plane is going down I’m jumping out. But I don’t fly commercial. Only GA. Parents have a Diamond and a Honda. I find I like the Diamond more and more just because it’s powered by two Diesel engines! Not kidding sir! Thank you for this information. My first time on the newer Boeing and seeing the wing flex was so so scary!
Jack Valentine (1 month ago)
Thumbs up if you couldn't take your eyes off that cute Dog :D
MK Creators Animation Studios (1 month ago)
Well, I mean... -1G isn't actually that much... Take a look at some rollercoasters which feature extreme amounts of ejector airtime (uhm.... Skyrush for example, that thing pulls -2Gs)... So I bet that if you have been on a somewhat decent rollercoaster that features some hill-like elements you've probably felt more than -1G :P
MK Creators Animation Studios (1 month ago)
Oh and 2.5Gs also isn't that much :P, many rollercoasters out there feature G-forces of up to 4Gs... Some even to 6 (take a look at Gold Mine somewhere in an african themepark)
Peter Taylor (1 month ago)
The A300 crash over New York in 2002 occurred because the pilot applied excessive force to the rudder controls and the plane, which was almost new, broke up in mid-air and crashed. I know at the time this was blamed on pilot training but this seemed to me to show a basic flaw in engineering thinking. It should be fairly simple to have strain gauges at critical points in the airframe to detect dangerous stress levels and feed the info to pilots and control systems to automatically restrict the force applied to control surfaces to make it impossible to break a plane by any combination of pilot inputs. Has this been looked at since 2002 or are we still at risk?
Ave C-Zam (1 month ago)
if i'm 1G, my wife is at least 10G......
Robert Binner Mattfeldt (1 month ago)
Thank you, but you need to improve your English a bit: Learn that there is an important difference between singular, and plural: 2:50 "These are elements that go, (not goes), and shapes the wing, and that connect, (not connects) to the spars. The aerodynamic forces of the wing are, (not is), getting taken up by the skin, and then are,(not is), transferred through the ribs onto the spars. Plural: "are". Singular: "is".
Eli Nacht (1 month ago)
What does it matter as long as you understand what he means?
Mr Paul Grimm (1 month ago)
I was on a Air Mexico DC7 over the Gulf of Mexico. Those wings were flapping like a bird ,but after four Coronas ? I didn’t care
William Lopez (1 month ago)
Miami tech and their airline world Atlantic should be put in that list, cause they do some shady stuff over there!!!
Eddy Santana (1 month ago)
excelente video amigo,
Fahad Aftab (1 month ago)
4:48 Cool!!! dog is like WHAT THE F*** Hooman :O scared me brooo 6:52 Dog: O plz c'mon let me take some rest slow down a bit. 8:37 Dog: WHAT!!!!? AAAAAGHHHHH
David Beach (2 months ago)
The big debate, I watch this channel for great information or to see what the cute dog will be doing? I think it is dog first, then great info. Great channel.
Overlord (2 months ago)
If you ban asian of african local airline from flying into Europe and US (where they dont fly at all) what can you do? Nothing...
Sandy (2 months ago)
Boeing has never had a wing failure.... I visited with an engineer that disclosed the construction of the main spar.....amazing info. The composites...Boeing 787........something totally new.
Lodia Moore (2 months ago)
Obviously that dog has heard this explanation a zillion times before.
Billybob Joe (2 months ago)
Boeing Max should've been blacklisted right from day one!
adriaan van harrick (2 months ago)
The fleet leader, yeah, that sounds fantastic. It might however not be that one that flew most hours and/or did most cycles. I somehow hope that occurred to those manufacturers too.
Madz Dedal (2 months ago)
Thanks for this video mentour. Now i understand why the wings are flexible. 😊
Mohammad Badjie (2 months ago)
Flexible wing it’s really cool how they made it nice 200% strong and healthy keep it up nice 👍
Mohammad Badjie (2 months ago)
Mr mentour pilot your logo is nice and your cute doggy big thumbs up 👍 for me tour pilot 👍🙂
Shivayogi Ajmani (2 months ago)
When you say about-1g with hissing sounds dog is bit confused about what happened
standard TV (2 months ago)
I am so happy for your advice that we have to make sure the airline i take has been maintained proper so for we customers should we go and ask for the check list to prove if all components were checked or what do should we do please advice?
Sir Royston (2 months ago)
I wish my GF was as flexible as aircraft wings. As it stands, she wouldn't last two minutes if she was up there - stiff as a board. Totally pointless discussing anything with her - she just covers her ears and make "neh-neh-neh" noises. Skillshare, please do a course on how to make women more flexible and amenable to logic and reason. They say that making love to a beautiful woman is like flying a plane: ...take her to heaven and back... No, it's more like doing the ironing.
Lord Shiva Of Kailash (2 months ago)
Is it possible to get taken off the airline black list or is an airlines reputation permanently tranished?
stuartleetv (2 months ago)
They did break off on the Martin 202 and owing to the whirlmode the Lockheed Electra's wings tore off!!
Tor Halvor Solheim (2 months ago)
Four epaulets should indicate airline captain, are you, or is it just to show us that you know what you are talking about, because you obviously know!!
Lou M LL (2 months ago)
I was told that to be a pilot, you need to meet a minimum of certain height and with 20/20 vision, is that true?
Pottan Kala (2 months ago)
How can plane flex😂😂 No IcE
iTechGaming (2 months ago)
Even Pilots are making Skillshare sponsored videos now XD
Imperius Fate (2 months ago)
What about 15g like the super-sonic planes
Red (2 months ago)
You sound Norwegian :-)
Mr Savage (2 months ago)
its why doesnt the wings break
juergen bertram (2 months ago)
Well done, sir !!
R Robin (2 months ago)
Very informative, thank you
Robert Williamson (2 months ago)
What's the dog's name?
Ramsay McEwan (2 months ago)
no fuel grow uo you lier
Tomatoknuckles (2 months ago)
Looked this up because i got a window seat beside the wing for the 1st time and was thinking how do they not break. Looks so wrong convinced they where gonna snap off shitting myself the whole flight🤣
pigslefats (2 months ago)
Wouldn't -1 G acting on your body on the couch result in zero body weight and the only way you went pfffft to the ceiling would be a result of you pushing off the couch?
roan Mccluskey (2 months ago)
Not necessarily 0 G is where you are floating but -1 G feels like the same amount of gravity but the opposite way up instead of down
pigslefats (2 months ago)
so fuel in the wings acts as a 'counterweigh't and stops 'the wings bending too much'-this steadily becomes redundant as the flight progresses and the tanks are emptying
Shammika Semasinghe (2 months ago)
Nicely explained. Thank you !
Daft 909 (2 months ago)
18 minutes to explain this shit. Cmon
Alan B (2 months ago)
Dog: best sidekick ever
PacificPlanespotter / RailfanReaper (2 months ago)
Who else watches because of the dog in the background? :P
Ramon Munoz (2 months ago)
One question How an airplane gets pressurize before taking off?
dutchy777 (2 months ago)
this channel is ok but this vid could easily be condensed to about 4 minutes so I lose interest after a while
dutchy777 (2 months ago)
@тнεηιяø ๏w๏ bust most of it is irrelevant just commonsense
тнεηιяø ๏w๏ (2 months ago)
4minutes ? Are you joking ? He’d have to be talking so fast that you wouldnt even understand him
TRX VLOGGER (2 months ago)
also in case people don’t know stop signs and soeed limit signs and so on are actually made out of aircraft aluminum as well. It’s the exact same metal that airplanes are made of.
Chris Elliott (2 months ago)
Great content..definitely subscribed! So what about the recent news story about the cracks in the older A380? Any reason to be concerned? I flew on one this weekend and had to trust that it had been checked, but still concerns me.
Clutch180 (2 months ago)
*plane flexes wings*: "Do you even lift, bro?"
Bat Venio (2 months ago)
Very interesting thanks 😊👍
Brad Steiner (2 months ago)
When he made that "whoosh" sound, the dog looked up like, "WTF? Is it playtime?"
Eduardo Superio (2 months ago)
Your information is very helpful . Now I understand .
james caley (2 months ago)
Shortly after 9/11 a crash in New York confirmed that the pilot can cause the tail of an airbus to be ripped off following rapid reversal of the vertical stabiliser.
Roland Elliott (2 months ago)
I would love one of your mentor caps.