Byronsterk From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted
Sat Mar 11 2006 22:19:07 UTC (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4252 times:
That's because the world is not flat, it's a globe.
The map as you see it is actually not fully correct since it's rather impossible to map a globe on a flat sheet of paper EXCACTLY as it is.
The shortest way between any 2 points is a direct line, but with big distances that ling would go straight through mother earth. But we can't do that, so we'll have to go over it
Helicopters can't fly, there just so ugly the earth repells them...
KDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted
Sun Mar 12 2006 05:52:23 UTC (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4156 times:
The shortest distance between two points on a oblate spheroid (Earth) is actually a curved line when viewed on a flat map. Great Circle route...
Your parents route was likely routed a little further north than normal to accomodate above average winds on the average more southerly track.
NW B744 B742 B753 B752 A333 A332 A320 A319 DC10 DC9 ARJ CRJ S340
Cloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2456 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted
Sun Mar 12 2006 06:22:27 UTC (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4132 times:
Even for perfect conditions aicraft dont fly the shortest path - the same reason you dont drive in a straight line from your house to your local shopping mall going across other people's lawn and your son's playground.
USADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted
Sun Mar 12 2006 09:58:36 UTC (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4081 times:
Wait a second... So, Earth is not the center of the Universe either?
So many new things to learn, so little time!!!
You can check on : www.flytecomm.com next time , and you'll see the routes of different flights.