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Question 1038

Do airplanes travel faster from east to west or west to east in the United States? — SU, Lawrence, KS
Airplanes travel faster from west to east in the United States. That's because the prevailing winds at out latitudes are eastward and they blow the airplane toward the east. When the airplane flies toward the east, it has a tail wind and travels faster with respect to the ground. When the airplane flies toward the west, it has a headwind and travels slower with respect to the ground.
         

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