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NASA test aircraft
The Mil Mi-8 is the most-produced helicopter in history
"Voodoo" a modified P 51 Mustang is the 2014 Reno Air Race Champion

An aircraft is a machine that is able to fly by gaining support from the air. It counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines.

The human activity that surrounds aircraft is called aviation. Crewed aircraft are flown by an onboard pilot, but unmanned aerial vehicles may be remotely controlled or self-controlled by onboard computers. Aircraft may be classified by different criteria, such as lift type, aircraft propulsion, usage and others.


Aircraft sections
Intro  History  Methods of lift  Propulsion  Design and construction  Flight characteristics  Impacts of aircraft use  Uses for aircraft  See also  References  External links  

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