The Biblical Flat Earth: The "Plane" Truth

One of my closest friends is an airplane pilot. He has flown all over the earth, literally. He has told me that he has "circled" the earth. Since I began writing this series regarding the flat earth, I had been meaning to ask him some questions. Well, thankfully, I was able to the other day.

First, let me point out that while the discussion started with me mentioning the flat earth and it being met with incredulity and laughter, it soon turned into a sobering, respectful, and quite serious dialogue. The laughter faded into a series of back and forth sincere questions and, unfortunately, inadequate answers.

We are told that the earth is of a circumference 24,901 miles (40,075 km). This means that at the first mile, the earth would curve 8 inches. My first question to my pilot friend was this: why is that planes, whenever they reach a particular altitude, do NOT have to pitch the nose down of the plane to account for the curvature of the earth? His immediate response was to suggest that the plane flies relative to the ground. This did not answer my question and I repeated it. Eventually, I realized that my question was not being answered at all, and this by a pilot.

In the above diagram, we see that at 2000 miles there is a 542 mile separation or drop due to the supposed curvature of the earth. If the planes flying were not constantly pitching their noses down to account for this, the amount of separation between the earth and the plane would grow exponentially.

What we do know is that planes, once they reach their desired altitude, level out and fly, at that altitude, to their destinations. There is not a constant pitching of the nose down to account for the supposed curvature of the earth. How could this be if the earth is a ball and is curving every mile of the flight?

Now consider the flight path from a plane leaving Cape Town, South Africa heading to Sydney, Austrailia:

Why are there no direct flights to Sydney, Australia? Why fly up into the northern hemisphere and then back down to the southern hemisphere when a direct flight due east would be quicker on a ball earth? If, however, the earth is flat, the flight plan now begins to make sense which flies in a direct route to the destination. This is not necessarily HOW the plane are flying today, given the state of geopolitical affairs with China and their airspace, but this does serve to illustrate the point of how the flight would look on a flat earth verses flying north and then turning south when headed east on a ball earth.

We are told that Earth is spinning around its axis at 1,000 miles per hour, revolving around the Sun at 67,000 miles per hour, while the entire solar system rotates around the Milky Way galaxy at 500,000 miles per hour, and the Milky Way speeds through the universe at over 670,000,000 miles per hour as depicted in this picture:

When I asked my pilot friend about how we could observe this, suggesting that we flew out into outer space in order to do so, he responded that inertia would cause us to spin with the earth as well and therefore we would not be able to see the earth spinning. If this is true, how come NASA produces video footage of the earth "spinning?" Shouldn't that be impossible given the nature of inertia? Also, consider that not only is the earth spinning, but the sun is flying through space while the entire solar system is rotating around the galaxy while the galaxy is shooting through space!

Terminal velocity would teach us that, if a train was headed due west at 70 mph, and we were to fly above it, going due west as well at 70 mph, we would never overtake it. It would require a speed greater than 70 mph in order to overtake the train that was traveling at the same rate of speed. Now, consider a train traveling due east at 70 mph. If we flew above it going due west at 70 mph, the train would instantly pass us underneath while the distance of separation would continue to increase. Now, if the earth is spinning around 1,000 mph due east at the equator, why is it then that a plane, while traveling due west at around 500 mph still takes hours to reach its destination? The suggestion that the earth's atmosphere is spinning with the earth does not solve this problem because the atmosphere will still be spinning in a particular direction (due east) which, if this were occurring, would cause planes traveling due west to reach their destinations much faster and if were traveling due east at 500 mph while the earth was spinning around 1,000 mph east, would never reach their destinations directly, but would rather have the plane being overcome from the faster spin of the earth and would cause the location to eventually turn up behind the aircraft.

These are just SOME of the problems with a ball-earth. Of course, if the earth is stationary, as the Bible teaches us, the basic observations that we see are perfectly in line with a flat stationary earth and explains directly what we experience on airplanes which travel across the earth without ever pitching their noses down and produce flight times that are inconsistent with plane flying along a ball that is spinning due east, around 1,000 mph.

1 Chronicles 16:30: "He has fixed the earth firm, immovable."

This video explains succinctly that the earth is NOT spinning:

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