# Why is the force that moves an airplane forward called THRUST and not PULL?

As we know, there are four forces acting upon an airplane. Thrust ($$T$$), Drag ($$D$$), Lift ($$L$$), and weight ($$W$$).

Since most propeller-driven airplanes over history have had the propeller mounted in the front, the power or forces generated were to pull, not to push. So why is it called thrust (the meaning of which is equivalent to push), and not pull??

• How do you pull air? Dec 23 '18 at 19:45