Parts of a plane

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An airplane is a vehicle heavier than air, powered by an engine, which travels through the air by the reaction of air passing over its wings.

The fuselage is the central body portion of an airplane which accommodates the crew and passengers or cargo.

In general aviation airplanes, the cockpit is usually the space in the fuselage for the pilot and the passengers: in some aircrafts it is just the pilot's compartment.

The landing gear, located underneath the airplane, supports it while on the ground.

Wings are the parts of airplanes which provide lift and support the entire weight of the aircraft and its contents while in flight.

A propeller is a rotating blade located on the front of the airplane. The engine turns the propeller which most often pulls the airplane through the air.

Flaps are the movable sections of an airplane's wings closest to the fuselage. They are moved in the same direction (down) and enable the airplane to fly more slowly.

Ailerons are the outward movable sections of an airplane's wings which move in opposite directions (one up, one down). They are used in making turns.

The rudder is the movable vertical section of the tail which controls lateral movement.

The horizontal stabilizer is the horizontal surface of the aft part of the fuselage used to balance the airplane.

The elevator is the movable horizontal section of the tail which causes the plane to move up and down.

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