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How does a helicopter fly?

How does a helicopter fly?

A helicopter can take off and land vertically (straight up and down). It can fly in any direction, even sideways and backwards. It can also hover or hang in the air above a given place.

A helicopter gets its power from rotors or blades. When its rotors are spinning, a helicopter doesn't look much like an airplane. But the rotor blades have an airfoil shape like the wings of an airplane. So as the rotors turn, air flows more quickly over the tops of the blades than it does below. This creates enough lift for flight.