Air resistance


the opposition of the atmosphere to forward movement; also called aerodynamic drag
Historical Examples

On the other hand, the large wheel is heavier, and suffers more from air resistance than the small wheel.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884 Various

This element of air resistance must be taken into consideration in determining the engine horsepower required.
Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

air resistance against a machine turning becomes greater, it slows down the speed, decreases the lifting power of the planes.
Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser

Their hulls, motor gondolas, in fact, all braces and wires were streamlined so as to offer the least air resistance.
Zeppelin Harry Vissering

With any gravity or air resistance at all, the Italian couldn’t have carried even one.
Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin

The air resistance produced by the cables is therefore very slight, since only two lines are exposed.
The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith

The air resistance of different models is accurately determined.
The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5 Various

Only when it was up where air resistance was a very small fraction of ground-level drag would its own rockets fire.
Space Platform Murray Leinster

We are up high enough to make the air resistance almost nothing, even at this velocity, but we still require some power.
The Black Star Passes John W Campbell

The range was almost point-blank, and there was, of course, no need to take either gravity or air resistance into account.
Anything You Can Do … Gordon Randall Garrett


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