Here's Why Wings Don't Fall Off Airplanes

  • Published on Nov 7, 2016
  • Have you ever feared that your plane would fall apart mid-flight? Well have no fear! Check out this video to see why planes are so sturdy.

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    "10,000 737s stacked on top of one another would be approximately 406,000 feet or 77 miles (124 kilometers) high, and is equivalent to: 149 Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, stacked on top of one another; 274 Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 382 Eiffel Towers, Paris; [and] 280 Empire State Buildings, New York City."

    Wing Design
    "Before a wing is designed, its mission has to be determined. What type of aircraft will this wing be attached to? Will it need to operate at high altitudes with thin atmospheres? Will it have to carry heavy loads? Will it need space to mount the engines? How much fuel will we want to store inside? How (Photo courtesy of Boeing) fast or agile will the aircraft need to be? The list of potential specifications is long and highly complex."

    How Things Work: Winglets
    "Winglets reduce wingtip vortices, the twin tornados formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of an airplane's wing and that on the lower surface. High pressure on the lower surface creates a natural airflow that makes its way to the wingtip and curls upward around it. When flow around the wingtips streams out behind the airplane, a vortex is formed. These twisters represent an energy loss and are strong enough to flip airplanes that blunder into them."


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Comments • 1 621

  • bmo
    bmo 3 hours ago

    Title should be How Wings Works.

  • SydneyPhotography2019
    SydneyPhotography2019 15 hours ago +1

    Because they’re attached to the plane?

  • PSA de Lachute
    PSA de Lachute Day ago

    Thank you for this very informative ✈️ video 😀👍🏽
    I always believed that they were «Superglued» to the fuselage.

  • Kelly Savalas
    Kelly Savalas Day ago

    Thanks for sharing. Now explain why Boeing would manufacture a plane with a single sensor that is faulty and not instruct pilots about this and how to deal with them. I look forward to the second video.

  • Fairbanks Air Riders

    A = 1,600 bolts. BTW just watched a video where an airplane's wing fell off in a storm!

  • Chris Norman
    Chris Norman 4 days ago

    Why did i start to watch this garbage.

  • Tigerstream
    Tigerstream 17 days ago

    aha is that Boeing 737 MAX that caunese two crashes and being grounded ?

  • Maxfli82
    Maxfli82 28 days ago

    How cool would it be if they just made the whole airplane one unibody piece without any bolts or rivets. That would be stronger I guess

  • Barb Davis
    Barb Davis Month ago

    DUH! Title stinks. This is not about how wings are designed so that they don't "fall off."

  • OxMPredatorZ
    OxMPredatorZ Month ago

    I’m getting on a plane in 5 hours

  • Destiny Fan
    Destiny Fan Month ago

    I want supersonic

  • James Thom
    James Thom Month ago

    Next video...why the 737 model in this video has dived into the ground twice killing hundreds, and why Boeing didn't ground them???

  • Samantha Maree
    Samantha Maree Month ago

    awkward moment when they have to ground the planes this video is about due to two fatal incidents...

  • Sai Kotian
    Sai Kotian Month ago +1

    737 Max 😂

  • falafel dürüm
    falafel dürüm 2 months ago +1

    I remember that there was a case where an f18 or some jet like this one lost one wing and the Pilot landed safely..

    • Pablo Gonzalez
      Pablo Gonzalez Month ago +1

      Israeli F15 pilot lost most of his right wing in a midair collision and landed safely in 1983

  • Adam Morse
    Adam Morse 2 months ago

    I... uh... no...but it should be.... Ok nope. I'm out already.

  • Michael Talbot
    Michael Talbot 2 months ago

    Wings are some of the most complex in Thier design and construction of any aircraft

  • Save The World
    Save The World 2 months ago

    Question not answered

  • Kenneth Reynolds
    Kenneth Reynolds 2 months ago

    Didn’t explain a thing,some guy in the clip said that they save a fortune on fuel,I don’t know how because they run on compressed air...

  • ItsJustMe
    ItsJustMe 2 months ago

    but the a320 is gonna go on to be the most successful airplane in aviation history.

  • Wendel Bolide
    Wendel Bolide 2 months ago

    They can still fall off. Would you rather be in a car with all the wheels fall off or a plane with its wings fall off?

    • Pete S.
      Pete S. Month ago

      Wings are apparently the strongest part of a plane though.

  • Ashish Srivastav
    Ashish Srivastav 2 months ago

    In reality it is not a fuselage with wings but actually it is Wings with a fuselage attached to carry passengers and Goods.
    Weight/load itself is carried by the wings and as fuselage is attached to the wings it also gets off/remains in air.

  • Drew Drewski
    Drew Drewski 2 months ago

    Call me a dough-eyed idealist, but if I see a plane where the wings have fallen off, I say nooo thank you!

  • Brian Crawford
    Brian Crawford 3 months ago

    I've loved flying and planes since I was little

  • YouTube Addict
    YouTube Addict 3 months ago +1

    So where’s the answer??? Stupid!!!!

  • Calisthenics and Weight Lifting


    They're attached to the middle

  • Richard Stevens
    Richard Stevens 3 months ago

    I would ride in the student built airplane if it didn’t get off the ground. I would ride down the runway to McDonalds for a happy meal. 🍔

  • Viking Excavating
    Viking Excavating 3 months ago

    Ok, but why do pilots not fall out of the cockpit ?

  • Michael Smith
    Michael Smith 3 months ago

    Duct tape is an amazing invention

  • Dana Anderson
    Dana Anderson 3 months ago

    Oh now this one's easy. Duct tape.

  • White Hat
    White Hat 3 months ago

    Wing tips I thought they were ailerons

  • gue st
    gue st 3 months ago

    8 feb 2019 8:14 am est:
    engine-weight-info:find '1 boeing-777-engine-dry-weight'
    my father told me aircraft-wing is strong,flap often but does not
    break.then i search youtube-search(why plane wing does not break) then
    i come to this page.
    addition 17 feb 2019 11:30 am est:
    1:32 1,600 bolt make wing-box hold wing
    addition 17 feb 2019 10:29 pm est:
    long-wing carrying engine seems stressful for wing-connector to body
    so boeing-777
    should put horisontal-stabiliser-1/short-wing-1 in middle-body-area(source:'horizontal stabilizer' in from 'Elevator (aeronautics)' in from 'Matthew Piers Watt Boulton, who studied lateral flight control and was the first to patent an aileron control system in 1868.[42][43][44][45]' in from 'History of aviation' in
    then put long-wing behind horisontal-stabiliser-1/short-wing-1
    then put horisontal-stabiliser-2/short-wing-2 in rear-body-area
    so boeing-777 should have 3 wing,2 short-wing,1 long wing.
    1 short-wing carry engine.

  • MrTruth111
    MrTruth111 3 months ago

    fire fighting plane loses wings

  • J Abdul
    J Abdul 3 months ago

    Wow small thin wings, I doubt the fuel tank is in the wings. That's very small amount of fuel if so. Weight distribution would flip a plane. The tanks also aren't in the middle of the plane either. Clear as day it was and is always states the fuel tanks are in the wings. You dot see a tank shape. How much fuel and weight is needed is to great for that small wing fuel tank. Debunked. Jet engines use air. Compressed air. SME jet engines are in many ships, generators, and TANKS. Research for yourself if you don't believe.

  • KK Singh
    KK Singh 3 months ago

    Someone count how many times he said wings

  • Aashish Thapa
    Aashish Thapa 3 months ago

    Click bait..he doesn't explain the topiv

  • bobbi mke
    bobbi mke 3 months ago

    Considering aircraft as "tubes with wings attached" is inverted, backwards and upside-down-through the wrong end of the zoom lens.
    WINGS FLY. The fuselage is just "along for the ride." (eg. Some crash video displays wings still flying LONG after the "empenage" (tail section) and/or cockpit (nose section) has exploded, fallen off or disintegrated.)

  • VacuBlaster
    VacuBlaster 3 months ago

    Because if the wings fell off it would no longer be an aeroplane, it would be a submarine and submarines don't fly.

  • Dr Teeth
    Dr Teeth 3 months ago

    We make sure the wing goes on correctly. Someone has a bad day and .....

  • Quintin Lyons
    Quintin Lyons 3 months ago

    Did this question really need to be asked... really...

  • Michael Talbot
    Michael Talbot 4 months ago

    They don't just incase efficiency they increase longevity too
    In that it stops the wing roots at the body from suffering from stress and snapping in mid flight

  • Dota Game
    Dota Game 4 months ago

    Next: Why Arm dont fall off human

  • Bhuvan Raj
    Bhuvan Raj 4 months ago


  • zoroxtreme
    zoroxtreme 5 months ago


  • victor 003
    victor 003 5 months ago

    That’s so funny I was thinking about something like that wi gs don’t fall

  • Ralph Freshour
    Ralph Freshour 5 months ago

    Too bad you didn't show the wing testing that is done for FAA certification. A test aircraft, called an Iron Bird, is housed in a steel frame where hydraulic jacks move the entire wings up and down, simulating a flight. The computers control the wing bending and thousands of flights are simulated in a few months. Once the wings pass this test, they are then flexed upward until they fail (break) to see where they break and how much flex it tool to break the wing. Surprisingly, the wing tips will bend up to about a 45 degree angle before they break. Really. This is about 20 feet of wing tip deflection. So the next time you're in turbulence and you look out and see the wing tips bouncing up and down three worries!!

  • TheMrbassclarinet
    TheMrbassclarinet 6 months ago

    The guru says: Plane sections remain plane and perpendicular

  • Dahsre Hab
    Dahsre Hab 6 months ago

    Boeing 737 are the most dangerous airplanes in the world, they tend to have numerous air-crash incidents with 0 survivors, technical problem or engine failure & more. Its not advisable anymore flying with a Boeing aircraft. Here is my reference if you do not believe me.
    Check the recent list of commercial aircraft accidents, you will notice how many Boeing Planes are on the list, specially the Boeing 737.

  • fukthegoog
    fukthegoog 6 months ago

    I'm glad to hear that if the wings aren't attached they don't go further in the manufacturing process. That's the kind of quality control I can get behind!

  • n m seshadri
    n m seshadri 6 months ago +1

    Not at all explained why wings don't fall off for which the video was designed.How are we fooled and attracted to see these videos to increase the subscriber base

  • Wazza722
    Wazza722 6 months ago

    Why dont the wings fall off planes?

  • J Clm
    J Clm 6 months ago +1

    boing? the sound parts make when they hit the ground .usually an eng accs.panl. power plants forgot to zsus correctly... wc 120 to the rescue....

  • iOS God
    iOS God 6 months ago

    He only answered what “the little flippy thing [is] for.”

  • Brian McD
    Brian McD 6 months ago

    What a stupid topic. Only an idiot would ever hold such a wondering

  • Rasme Alem
    Rasme Alem 7 months ago

    Probably thats why you could not become a technician, the question is WHY WINGS DONT FALL FROM A PLANE. Whatever you were saying is irrelevant 5/100 F

  • wodeya eric
    wodeya eric 7 months ago

    Wow. Such a scientific field!

  • Cooper
    Cooper 7 months ago

    They can.

  • MylesMCL
    MylesMCL 7 months ago

    Seeing the title I just thought to myself “Well, because they are attached.”

  • Cristian Figueroa
    Cristian Figueroa 7 months ago

    Never ever would I ride in a piece of fudging scratch

  • Arun Karunakar Mudaliar

    where are u saying why the wings wont fall off? wht a shitty video! just bcuz they use 1600 bolts to fasten the wings doesn't justify why they won't rip off! wht crap!

  • DD- 563
    DD- 563 7 months ago

    Have you made a video explaining the mysterious underwing assemblies visible at the trailing edge of a heavy wing ?

  • Markhy Smartboy
    Markhy Smartboy 7 months ago

    Let me guess

    Lots of hot glue???? XD

    Btw 2018 anyone?

  • Chetan Kamboj
    Chetan Kamboj 7 months ago

    Little flippy thing

  • Leon
    Leon 7 months ago

    "This video is brought to you by Boeing" Yeah imma just go to the store and get a few 777s

  • Dani White
    Dani White 7 months ago

    Qantas is cool

  • Dani White
    Dani White 7 months ago

    Qantas is cool

  • Dani White
    Dani White 7 months ago

    Qantas is cool

  • Dani White
    Dani White 7 months ago

    Qantas is cool

  • Xavier Jax
    Xavier Jax 8 months ago

    Love the Video you guys

  • Ed Baker
    Ed Baker 8 months ago

    Great. Their installation is supervised by a girl.

  • Nick Roughton
    Nick Roughton 8 months ago

    Doesn't answer it's own question.

  • bleugh bloop
    bleugh bloop 8 months ago

    clicked just to leave a snarky comment, beaten to it by 1500 people...

  • Frank Marshall
    Frank Marshall 8 months ago


  • aserquin
    aserquin 8 months ago


  • guest
    guest 8 months ago

    Dem bitches could still snap off.

  • Tom Piscitelli
    Tom Piscitelli 8 months ago

    \So what about the 52 plus tons of fuel in the wings? lol

    HELENO HENZO 8 months ago

    what the hell
    why dont you get an engineer to explain instead of her?
    i am pretty sure she never touched a screw in her life

  • Chef Gordon Ramsay
    Chef Gordon Ramsay 8 months ago

    Flex tape

  • Tristan Popken
    Tristan Popken 8 months ago

    Well actually the title has to say, why wont the plane fall off their wings, since it is the wings which keep them up...

  • LemonGameshark
    LemonGameshark 8 months ago

    Looks like this dude’s hairline is ready for takeoff

  • william273
    william273 8 months ago

    He spent less than one minute telling why wings don't fall off and even that was incomplete...actually he didn't say much at all and I still don't know. Next time maybe show how they're connected and explain a little said nothing about it here. Click bait.

  • paulkazjack
    paulkazjack 8 months ago

    So why doesn't the fuselage fall off the wings?

  • Tortoise010
    Tortoise010 8 months ago

    Why don't wings fall off of planes?
    Because they're not made to fall, they're made to fly.

  • Fashion Review
    Fashion Review 8 months ago

    Every two seconds😂😂Exaggeration for an effect

  • BlueFourDelta
    BlueFourDelta 8 months ago +1

    Here's when the wings fell off an airplane...

  • Yuri Sible
    Yuri Sible 8 months ago

    Here is why wings of a plane cant fall of because I said so

  • Christian Petersen
    Christian Petersen 8 months ago

    When we were taxiing around the runway and I saw those wings flapping like rubber outside the window, I discovered a whole new fear of flight that I had no idea I had. :(

  • Foster Caldaroni
    Foster Caldaroni 9 months ago

    What are the wings made out of? Just aluminum?

  • Sparryax
    Sparryax 9 months ago

    I thought it was duck tape..

  • JayJay Aviation
    JayJay Aviation 9 months ago

    If the video had the title “Why plane wings fall off planes” the answer would be because planes are unsafe. The dumb though

  • Lemarr Penndog
    Lemarr Penndog 9 months ago

    If do you need to watch this video in order to know why wings don't fall off then throw away the device you're looking at this video on

  • lemon
    lemon 9 months ago

    Wow what a boring video

  • Diesel Rail Muscle
    Diesel Rail Muscle 9 months ago

    Straight wing = high lift, good low airspeed tolerance, low stall speed, stable handling for novice pilots.
    Elliptical wing= medium lift, does not handle low airspeed as well, maneuverable, stall speeds are higher and huge tendancy for tip stalling.
    Swept back wing = low lift, hates low airspeed, very maneuverable, very high stall speeds and tip stalls are harsh.
    Delta wing= almost no lift at all below 80 kts, does NOT tolerate low airspeeds AT ALL, extreme manuverability, stall speeds and tip stalling = stall of death. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

    CH1CK3NxSALAD 9 months ago +1

    It's a good thing air resistance doesn't tear off the wing, that would be a drag

  • Raj Kamal
    Raj Kamal 9 months ago

    One airplane in one day wow!

  • cdimmm
    cdimmm 9 months ago

    would it not be a crime if the airlines were charging the public for something they didn't even use?

  • cdimmm
    cdimmm 9 months ago

    thats approximately two adult elephant on each

  • cdimmm
    cdimmm 9 months ago

    or should i say 49,000 pounds

  • cdimmm
    cdimmm 9 months ago

    slow down a minute, where is that 7,000 gallons of fuel going again?

  • MaxVidyStudios
    MaxVidyStudios 9 months ago

    I thought it was stuck with flex tape