A wind blowing in the direction of travel of a vehicle or aircraft; a wind blowing from behind.
- A tailwind had brought the aircraft into the airport quicker than expected.
- Headwinds and tailwinds can slow down or speed up travel, respectively, and pilots can adjust the height at which they fly to avoid or take advantage of winds.
- First of all, a great circle route is the most efficient, and second, we try to take advantage of tailwinds and stay out of headwinds, all of which goes into determining our actual route of flight.
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