Around 150 million years ago, plankton floated in warm seas. Using energy from nuclear reactions in the Sun, they built their bodies from protein and fat and carbohydrate. Then they died and their bodies sank to the muddy sea floor. Over time, the mud was buried, compressed and cooked, and the plankton bodies became an oily liquid. Much later, the liquid was pumped, refined and sold.
Now the liquid is exploding, releasing heat and gas. The gas expands and turns a turbine. The turbine sucks air through the engine and pushes it out into the atmosphere behind. The atmosphere pushes back with an equal force, driving forward the engine and the wing that it is attached to.
The wing has an asymmetric shape that Deflection of air by the wing forces the air passing over it travel faster than the air that passes below. The air below presses on the wing with more force than the faster-moving air above, lifting up both the wing and the metal tube to which it is attached. The metal tube, and the seats inside, travel at 900 kilometres per hour across the ocean.
And the ocean, which is over 3000 km wide and averages ~4000 m deep, didn’t even exist back when the plankton were catching the rays.