MadSci Network: Other

Re: Why do aircraft use knots to measure speed?

Date: Thu Nov 30 18:58:41 2000
Posted By: Savio Barretto, Staff, Aviation, Superior Aviation
Area of science: Other
ID: 975072850.Ot

   In aviation, distance is measured using the nautical mile.  A nautical 
mile is 6000 feet as compared to the statute mile which is 5280 feet.  The 
term "Knots" is used to make this difference apparent.

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