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The Spitfire's Fatal Flaw

In a battle between the Spitfire and the Messerschmidt, the Spitfire had one major problem. A Real Engineering video shows how the Spitfire airplane had a tendency to stall in negative gravity. Along the way, viewers learn about pressure and the Venturi effect.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with a history teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • It is helpful if learners have basic historical knowledge of the Battle of Britain and World War II
  • Pupils should have basic engineering knowledge, such as how pistons and engines work
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Drawings help with understanding
  • Descriptions and explanations are detailed and methodical
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