Look! Up in the sky…
The difference between an airplane and a jet is a lot like the difference between a square and a rectangle. A jet is always an airplane, but an airplane isn’t always a jet.
A jet is a type of airplane that uses jet engines to push it off the ground and through the sky! Jet engines are pretty powerful, and they’re usually found underneath the wings of jet planes. They suck in air and then mix the air with a special type of fuel that makes the air explode! The exploding air can only exit the back of the jet engine, and that really strong force pushes the plane forward!
Jets are just one type of airplane. There are also airplanes that are driven by propellers at the front of the plane, and there are others that aren’t powered at all they just glide!
Chances are, if you’re flying somewhere on vacation, you’ll be taking a jet. If you get a window seat, you just might be able to look out and see the jet engines under the wings.