Flying an Aerobatic Stunt Plane
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Apply principles of aerodynamics and think like a stunt pilot with Patrick McAlee, commercial and aerobatic pilot, as he shares some video and describes what it takes to successfully fly an aerobatic plane.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Aviation-15**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, have learners name and explain any of the principles of aerodynamics mentioned in this segment.
  • Prior to watching the video, let students know that during part of it, the pilot will describe the G forces experienced flying the plane. Check for student understanding about G forces or introduce the concept before viewing the video and, after watching the video, have students discuss their understanding of G forces and their effect on humans.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.