|Quoting AI (Thread starter):|
So why is that ?
|Quoting timz (Reply 2):|
Quoting AI (Thread starter):
hence JFK is getting closer to the flight.
The flight is likely not moving at all-- the earth beneath it is moving eastward faster than the plane's airspeed. So the plane just hangs in the air and waits for JFK to reach it.
|Quoting InnocuousFox (Reply 4):|
So if the earth is moving, but the atmosphere that the plane is flying in is not, why don't we have 500-1000 kt winds all the time? It would have to be blowing pretty fast to get all the way around the world in 24 hours!
|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5):|
The atmosphere is also moving with the Earth.
|Quoting InnocuousFox (Reply 7):|
Dude... I know. I was trying to perpetuate the silliness of the earth/atmosphere rotation fallacy.
|Quoting star_world (Reply 6):|
As others have already said - the earth's rotation does not play a role in the difference, it is related to the winds over the Atlantic which are generally eastbound.
|Quoting 474218 (Reply 9):|
I am not sure what the prevailing winds are like a 80,000 feet.
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