# Luke Skywalker's X-Wing

Pro Problems > Physics > Motion and Forces > Linear Motion > Force## Luke Skywalker's X-Wing

After Luke Skywalker got his X-Wing fighter out of the swamp on Dagobah, he wanted to make it fly. The mass of the ship is 5,000 kg. Luke applies (using *the force*) an upward force of x Newtons. Yoda, who doesn't want Luke to get *too *confident, applies a downward force which is two-thirds of Luke's force.

Luke's Skywalker X-Wing fighter lifts off to a height of 2 km in 5 seconds. How much force did Luke apply?

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