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Why Do Planes Takeoff at Such a Steep Angle?

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Planes are feats of modern engineering and we are so thankful they exist. But why the heck do they have to have such a steep takeoff?

The answer, as you might have guessed, is for practical reasons. Planes are at their most efficient when they are at their cruising altitudes, so pilots do their best to take off, ascend sharply to around 35,000 feet, and cruise until it’s time to make that final descent.

Because the airlines and pilots have to keep customer comfort and other plane traffic in mind, the pilots can’t take off as steeply as they’d like to, but obviously, that ain’t gonna…fly…