Why and how do airplanes fly?
March 19, 2006
What is lift?
These are some questions explained by straightdope’s Cecilla and NASA’s K-12 program in these links:
Wrong theories circulating on this topic: 1,2,3
These interesting concepts are what got me attracted to the dreaded CFD field! (my 2+ grad years made me say so, I shall edit this comment soon after I graduate)
Suggested reading: NASA’s guide to aerodynamics