# The impact of a tail wind

If you are flying a plane at 350mph does a tail wind with a velocity less than your groundspeed or airspeed assist you, and if so how?

 ballengerb1 Posts: 25,644, Reputation: 11296 Home Repair & Remodeling Expert #2 Mar 22, 2012, 12:15 PM
If you are flying at 350 mph thats through the air. If the air itself is moving at 50 mph then your actual movement on the ground would cover 400 mph. It does not matter if the tail wind is less than your ground speed.
 Stratmando Posts: 10,432, Reputation: 2515 Uber Member #3 Mar 22, 2012, 03:06 PM
And if you do a 180 degree turn and moving 350 mph into the headwind, your groundspeed will be 300 mph.
 ballengerb1 Posts: 25,644, Reputation: 11296 Home Repair & Remodeling Expert #4 Mar 22, 2012, 03:33 PM
and if it hits you from the side you get this Airplanes flying sideways - YouTube

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