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Fear of flying. Sudden turbulence.

Normal airflow over the wings will cause short lived turbulence

Airflow from the wings of an aircraft


Visible on this occasion.

Recently on the forum someone asked “what was the cause of a sudden very short lived bit of turbulence?”
Here’s the answer…this picture shows what happens to the air behind a plane… like a wave behind a ship at sea. You can see that the air swirls around immediately behind the wing. If you happen to fly thru’ this you’ll feel a jolt.
And just in case you’re worried…Air Traffic Control keep aircraft apart …by miles to minimise the effect.

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