There are two planes. One is going from Los Angeles to Japan at a speed of 600 MPH. The other is traveling from Japan to Los Angeles at a speed of 500 MPH.
When the planes meet which one will be closer to Japan?
Today is more windy than yesterday, will a return flight take the same time, less time, or the same amount of time to complete?
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Let's do a worked example. Lets say our plane has to travel 300 miles there and 300 miles back. It has a standard cruising speed of 600mph. In the case of no wind it will travel the 600 miles in 1 hour exactly. Simple enough. Let us say that the wind speed is 100mph so the plane will be wind assisted to 700mph and slowed to 500mph - Wind Assisted: 300 miles at 700mph takes 0.429 hours - Wind Slowed: 300 miles at 500mph takes 0.6 hours - Total Time: 1.029 hours