How do airplanes fly upside down?

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During last week I visited Tanagra airport (which is located few kilometers north of Athens) for the annual airshow of the Greek Air Force. I had the opportunity to watch at a close range skilled pilots perform some amazing aerobatic maneuvers like spins, loops, rolls and much more. It was like they were defying the laws of physics and the aerodynamic forces. As if their planes were able to produce the required “Lift” even when they were inverted!

But… did they? Can all conventional airplanes fly inverted? And if they can, does this mean that we can turn an airplane’s wing upside-down and still expect it to fly? Continue reading “How do airplanes fly upside down?”