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My Coast Guard
Commentary | April 21, 2021

Fly an airplane over O’ahu

Learn how airplanes fly, then take a HC-130 for a spin around Hawaii. 

Key terms

  • Lift - When an aircraft gets off the ground   
  • Thrust - The force that moves an aircraft through the air  
  • Drag – The air slowing the aircraft down   
  • Weight - Heaviness- Aircraft have weight limitation   
  • Engine - The motor that makes an aircraft move   
  • Propeller - The device that spins in front of the aircraft   
  • Taxi – When an airplane is moving on the ground  
  • Accelerate – moving faster  
  • Crew – the people on board a helicopter, cutter or airplane  

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