So I'm trying to grasp the idea of a stall right now. I can't wrap my mind around it. Forgive my poor drawings, this was real quick. In a straight and level flight (figure 1), the air flows smoothly over the wings the way it should. When the AOA exceeds the critical range, the relative wind no longer flows smoothly over the wings (figure 2), and then the wing stalls. Here's where I don't get it. You continue to pull back, and the wings are stalled, and therefore fall. When they fall, I picture it looks like figure 3. Why is it that unless you push the yoke forward, the wing will stay stalled? It seems to me that as the wing stalls, it automatically would fall in line with the relative wind, and the stall would end. What am I missing?