If you've ever gazed out an airport window at the planes taxiing around—and if you've ever been on hour three of a five-hour delay, you know you have—you've probably noticed the spiral shape on the nosecones of the airplane engines. What exactly is such a whimsical design doing on such an industrial piece of machinery? It serves an important purpose, in fact.
Look Into My Nosecone
What About Birds?
Watch And Learn: Our Favorite Content About Airplanes
A Short History of the Jet Engine
Share the knowledge!
Written by Curiosity Staff March 24, 2017
Wake up with the smartest email in your inbox.
Our best articles a few times a week.