The word aeroplane draws its original derivation from the Greek aer “air” and the Latin planus “level” so, originally, the term simply applied to the wing as it is a plane moving through the air. And then people became rather inventive so that the traditional aeroplane configuration (long cylindrical fuselage, horizontal wing and stabiliser etc), was no longer sacrosanct. Nowadays a whole range of types accommodate two booms, multiple fuselages, V-tails and chutes instead of wings. Whatever the category, the fixed wing family includes all manner of machines that generate lift through forward airspeed. Check out our different sections to find your favourite member of the fixed wing gang.