After all, NASA tells us the Earth spins at 1,035 miles an hour from West to East and the distance from Nashville to Denver is 1,159 miles. So if an airplane is flying at any speed not just 500 mph, shouldn't it just have to fly for about an hour allow the Earth to spin towards it and land, it doesn't make sense. Now, consider this flying from West to East even at 500 mph would actually put you in Arizona not Kansas because the Earth has travelled a thousand miles while you have only travelled 500, you'd be going backwards?! Someone please explain this to me, thank you.
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so Doc...quick! before blue stops by...was my answer right? U said it so simply.
Women always complicate things.
My bad, I meant to say two hours and 30 minutes but the question remains the same and so far has not been answered. Yes, the atmosphere rotates also however why not fly straight up and wait for the Earth to rotate to you? C'mon guys, I'm waiting . .
blue, have you ever tried flying a plane *out of the atmosphere?*
Me, either, but from everything I read it wouldn't work very well.
. . . and your point is? The question needs to be answered regardless of your attempts at being clever, we both know they are merely distraction techniques most commonly used by paid trolls and schills . . . which one are you?
I did answer your question: The rotating atmosphere carries the airplane with it, so the Earth will never 'rotate to you.'
I give........too tired to tax my poor over-worked, under-appreciated brain. This was my best shot, blue.....:)
I don't know why, I mean if the Earth is traveling 1,000 mph and you are going 500 mph in the same direction wouldn't you be losing ground?
only if it's going in the SAME direction......but coming toward you, if your speed in adjusted, you wouldn't lose ground. If your running in a race and someone is running twice as fast as you (with nothing to propel you forward......you lose.......
That is what I said, if you travel in the same direction the Earth is spinning W. to E. from Denver & you're going 500 mph and the Earth is going 1000 mph, you end up in Nevada or Az. not Kansas?
Nashville is in Tennessee, as far as I know, blue.....and Denver is in Colorado..........So AGAIN,,,, where does your statement, "You end up in Nevada or AZ not Kansas," fit in? You're making me dizzy! Somehow UR leaving something OUT.
The Earth is spinning towards Nashville at 1,000 mph you are in a plane going 500 mph from Denver, in one hour the Earth has spun 1,000 miles to gain any ground you have to be moving faster than the Earth is spinning or you are losing ground, hello?
I never COPY answers. That's cheating. I will take my failing grade like a woman.
Thank you, Ruth Angel... It also requires more info & explanation than dear blue is offering. It's OK. He just wants to display his superior intellect! LOL
I ain't stopping you, feel free, although I must say so far all I've heard is excuses and no explanations. However what Pluto and the New Horizons probe has to do with my question, even stretches my imagination beyond its limits.
blue......never. Your imagination has no limits. This is no time to be modest. A brain like yours just keeps on going. Further & further......
My comment was intended to imply that without the proper mathematical process, we couldn't possibly give you an adequate enough answer to that question. So true, my comment had no relevance to the question.
The answer does not require any mathematics what-so-ever, that is distraction technique, pure and simple. This is a question of your (world view) or perception. If you do not feel you can trust your own perceptions, then you are not qualified . . .?
Blue...I was just beginning to have fun and I'm disqualified. I confess, I don't have the answer. Sorry. I really thought I did. Where R all the HP geniuses? Surely we have one who can answer this!
Boo-hoo, I sent you the answer in my email and even provided a video in case conjuring forth coherent thoughts was too much for you, darn!
Yes, I know. I repeat myself When I KNOW an answer, I can be proud. If I copy UR answer, I've done nothing at all. I'm a real~~honest~~authentic person, .even when it's "looks" bad. I'm confident in what I DO know & my ability to keep learning.