It can look beautiful… but the memorable ‘V’ formation in which wild geese fly is not just a creative whim of nature. In fact, there are good reasons they do this and why jet pilots sometimes follow suit.
Scientists have determined that migrating geese’s V-shaped formation serves two important purposes:
Firstly, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of them, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired, thereby covering a lot more ground before they have to rest.
Secondly, the V formation makes it easy to keep track of every bird in the group, and fighter pilots often use this grouping for the same reason.
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