# How do cruise missiles stay aloft? [duplicate]

How do cruise missiles fly? Where does the lift come from? On pictures you can see that they have wings what are tiny compared to the body / payload. Do they generate enough lift? Or is the propulsion, other than in most aircrafts, not just used to overcome drag but also to generate lift, i.e. the thrust force is angled down?

## marked as duplicate by Peter Kämpf, fooot♦, ymb1, Pilothead, GerryJun 6 '18 at 23:33

• I'm not sure this is a dup. The other question insists pn wing load whereas this one focus on lifting body and the vertival component of thrust. – Manu H Jun 6 '18 at 18:45
• @ManuH: Both are speculative and missing in real life. The other answer should be pasted here. – Peter Kämpf Jun 6 '18 at 21:52

Additionally, the narrow body of the missile provides lift. Though it is much less effective at it than a wing would be, this is a design trade-off that can be worth it in some scenarios. For supersonic cruise missiles the narrow-body lift is usually enough and the lack of wings is a plus, as they would generate a disproportionate amount of drag at $M_{\infty} \geq 1.0$.