Re: Flying High ?

Date:         19 Feb 98 01:34:25 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: NorthWest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1998.273@ohare.Chicago.COM>, nat@cairns.net.au wrote:
>         Can somebody please explain to me why planes (jet aircraft) fly
> at very high altitudes on long range flights, and how does this conserve
> fuel and get maximum distance ? How does this conserve fuel and save
> time if you can only go half the speed you normally can go at low
> altitude and you have to use twice the amount of power to get too half
> the power you get at lower altitudes ?

The higher you go the more your drag is reduced and the more efficiently
your engines run.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane