One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wind blowing in the direction of travel of a vehicle or aircraft; a wind blowing from behind.
- ‘Pilots were regularly flying between United Kingdom and the United States of America and they noticed that it was quicker to fly to the UK, reporting tailwinds of over 100 miles per hour.’
- ‘First of all, a great circle route is the most efficient, and second, we try to take advantage of tailwinds and stay out of headwinds, all of which goes into determining our actual route of flight.’
- ‘Weather conditions that are associated with high rates of migration in the fall are the passage of cold fronts and tailwinds.’
- ‘Through radar studies, scientists now have proof that these bats fly and feed up to two miles high, and sometimes ride tailwinds that carry them over long distances at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour.’
- ‘When all the conditions are meet, and there is perhaps a favourable wind, or a tailwind, then set sail.’
- ‘One prediction derived from optimal migration theory is that migrating animals that maximize their flight distance on a given amount of energy will decrease their airspeed in a tailwind and increase it in a headwind.’
- ‘The example always showed us how jets flying from San Diego to Cleveland would pass to the north of the high to enjoy a tailwind, and jets flying the opposite route would deviate to the south for the same reason.’
- ‘With a tailwind, fuel can be economized with a straight-line route.’
- ‘Paddling hard, assisted by the ferocious tailwind and strong current, we could sometimes outpace sailboats.’
- ‘With sails raised proudly, we continued south carried by a tailwind on gentle swells.’
- ‘Because of good tailwinds my flight arrived in Newark approximately 30 minutes ahead of schedule.’
- ‘Conditions were bright and sunny for both stages, with the riders being helped up the last part of Norwood Edge by a strong tailwind.’
- ‘A flight arrives at London airport six days late, although the pilot believes his plane is half an hour early due to a tailwind.’
- ‘A tailwind had brought the aircraft into the airport quicker than expected.’
- ‘It was fast, mostly downhill, and mother nature was good enough to hold the rain off and afford us a light tailwind.’
- ‘May said the southbound dragonflies appear to take advantage of tailwinds generated by cold fronts blowing from the north.’
- ‘The riders must be hoping for a tailwind blowing in from the coast and up the valley.’
- ‘A Monday-night flight back with tailwinds can be under seven hours, landing at dawn - early enough to travel home, unpack, shower and be in the office by 9am.’
- ‘Headwinds and tailwinds can slow down or speed up travel, respectively, and pilots can adjust the height at which they fly to avoid or take advantage of winds.’
- ‘The quartering tailwind was not favorable for the landing runway, but it was nothing we hadn't dealt with before.’
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