Mon, Feb 20, 2012
Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough,
if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows
us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not
that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often
hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts
confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this
is done on the Internet.
The ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat
sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to
ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the
sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new
spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into
cyber-aero-space for awhile.
Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via
Suggestions for future Aero-Linx
segments are always welcome, as well.
Aero Linx: (NASA) How
Does A Jet Engine Work?
Jet engines move the airplane forward with a great force that is
produced by a tremendous thrust and causes the plane to fly very
fast. All jet engines, which are also called gas turbines, work on
the same principle. The engine sucks air in at the front with a
fan. A compressor raises the pressure of the air. The compressor is
made up of fans with many blades and attached to a shaft. The
blades compress the air. The compressed air is then sprayed with
fuel and an electric spark lights the mixture. The burning gases
expand and blast out through the nozzle, at the back of the engine.
As the jets of gas shoot backward, the engine and the aircraft are
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