How It Works

Discover Incredible Flying Machines and the science behind them

From the makers of science and technology magazine How It Works comes Incredible Flying Machines. This digital-only edition is crammed full of amazing aircraft, awe-inspiring imagery and facts, making it a must-have for any aviation enthusiast.

001_HIW_FLYINGMACHINESInside, you’ll learn about drone aircraft and how unmanned aerial vehicles could be the future of aviation, plus go on board a cargo plane to discover just how it works. Our sky giants guide will give you the lowdown on how the world’s biggest aircraft defy gravity, and you can also discover how a pilot manages to land a plane, getting tons of metal safely down onto the tarmac. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also learn about amazing helicopters, solar-powered aircraft, and how modern technology is finally making personal flight a reality!

This fantastic digital book is available now to download onto your iPhone or iPad for just £1.99/$2.99. Simply download the free How It Works app onto your device and then purchase this special edition within it.

For a sneak preview of what’s inside, check out these exclusive spreads…





  • Jugad

    Wanted to bring an oversight to notice. This is regarding Issue 65, page 22, “Aeroplane wings: How do planes defy gravity so easily?”.

    The explanation given for the mechanism that provides lift to an aircraft is a bit misleading. Why so? Because planes can fly upside down too!

    Most of the force generated by the wing is not because of its shape, but the angle at which the wing cuts the air – and forces air downwards, like a helicopter’s blades. Its almost exactly the same principle.

    The helicopter can move its wings while staying in he same place… it generates lift by throwing a lot of air downwards. The plane does almost exactly the same – but since it cant move wings while staying put, the whole plane has to move rapidly.

    The pressure difference and the bernoulli principle are a side effect of this “throwing / deflecting air downwards”… and its a bad way to explain what’s going on. An easier and more accurate way is “action and reaction”.

    The plane acts on the air hitting its wings – deflecting the air downwards… in reaction, the deflected air pushes the wing upwards. Its the same force you get when you wave your hand outside a car window while driving down the highway at 100kmph. Depending on the angle at which your palm meets the air, you will feel your hand forced up or down.

    So when kids wave their hand while imitating a plane, they are not far off at all. They are just very slow as compared to a plane.

    Here is more info about how planes fly…

    Also, I have a feeling you knew this all along and just baited readers to point this out. 😉 Good job and nice pictures. Keep it coming.