When you hear “airplane” you think of a “big, white, a rounded nose, relatively small tires, two oddly angled wings with their tips curling up, normally late taking off. Oh, and you always get on board through the left side!” But have you ever wondered why is it always the left side?
And, why are do the wings have curved tips? Or, why is the entire wing tilted upward instead of being perfectly parallel with the ground? Most airliners have nicely rounded noses, but there are jets with pointy ones – so what decides it? Let’s see!