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Everglades National Park

How do airboats in the everglades obtain the mechanical energy that moves the boat forward?

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October 01, 2009 2:27AM

The propeller pushes large quantities of air backwards, i.e. imparts momentum to masses of air.

Since momentum is conserved, the boat acquires momentum in the opposite direction, i.e. forward.