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why does it take less time on the flight back?

Discussion in 'Transportation & Travel' started by goofygal, Jan 17, 2009.

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    Ive always wanted to ask this but havent in case its really stupid :lol: :point:how come it takes less time on the flight back to the UK than going out? does it go a different way?
     
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    something to do with crossing different time zones as far as I know
     
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    It`s mainly due the the fact that invariably there is a strong tail wind on the return journey as most of the weather patterns flow West-East.
    This can significantly effect the flight times.
     
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    so not the time zones then :unsure:
     
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    No. When you think about it, a flight time is a flight time of a certain duration in hours and minutes irrespective of the time zones.
     
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    yes, of course it is. I know but......well. ok you got me! Mrs brainless :tongue:
     
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    Isn't it downhill on the way back? :unsure:
     
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    I wouldn`t worry too much about it. It always used to confuse me on my early business trips when I kept on checking with our travel agent that he hadn`t got his times messed up!
     
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    Only if you are flying North-South! :lol:
     
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    Oh well i live in Cornwall (way south) so that explains it to me :)
     
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    The Earth must be tilting more and more.
    In my teens it was a 12 hour drive from our house to Cornwall, yet nowadays I can do the same journey in only around 4 hours! :lol:
     
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    Takes us 5 hours to do the drive to Cornwall but time always seems to slow down through Dorset. :lol:
     
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    That`s because the caravans mainly move in a North-South direction. :lol:
     
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    it can still take me 9 hours to get to cornwall!!!! although new years day we did it in 5 1/2
     
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    I tell you it's Dorset - there's a fracture in the space-time continuum there. :eek:
     
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    do you think it's something to do with claire? :unsure:
     
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    I'm guessing it's the county as a whole. Sort of a parallel universe type thing.
     
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    My dad used to drive through the night from Surrey to Dorset on our camping holidays it took so long!

    It takes us about 1 hour to Ringwood and 6 hours from there to Bournemouth - 5 miles up the road :lol:

    Back on topic! I hate the thought that windsa can make a difference to flight times - I like to think the pilot has more control of the plane than that! :eek3::lol:
     

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