LIFT: This is the force “lifting” the aircraft up in the air. In most cases, the majority of an airplane’s lift comes from its wings.
The Four Forces of Flight
There are always four basic forces acting on an airplane in flight. These laws of physics are the same for something as heavy as a 747 weighing 250,000 pounds or an airplane as little as a Piper Cub weighing less than 1,000 pounds.
The four forces that make an airplane fly are: