air·crew | \ˈer-ˌkrü \

Definition of aircrew 

: the crew manning an airplane

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An aircrew was launched at 3 p.m., and a flare and lift raft were spotted from a HC-130 Hercules aircraft a little more than 2 hours later. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "'Rogue waves' prompt dramatic rescue after fishing boat with 8 aboard sinks in Hawaii," 28 Mar. 2018 Had the rest of the aircrew ejected the OSO, unable to escape or control the aircraft, would have almost certainly been handed a death sentence. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Grounds B-1s Over Ejection Seat Issue," 8 June 2018 Many aircrew or preregistered frequent flyers would welcome anything that speeded up one of the most tiresome parts of modern travel. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 Analysis indicates most combat losses occur during an aircrew's first eight to 10 missions. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Israel pulls back fighter jets from Alaska joint exercise," 20 Apr. 2018 The Era of the 747 A look at some key moments in the reign of the ‘Queen of the Skies’ 1970: The aircrew of the first commercial passenger flight of the Boeing 747, which flew from New York to London for Pan American Airways. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 In response, aircrews have begun to use eye protection or use visors as shields against the lasers. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "Laser From Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges," 3 May 2018 The video, taken onboard a F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter, shows a fast-moving object passing below the fighter, with an amazed aircrew watching the incident unfold. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Video Shows U.S. Navy Run-in With UFO," 13 Mar. 2018 The British Lancaster bombers, flying at the perilous height of 60 feet above water, were raked by German antiaircraft fire, and 53 of the 133 men in the aircrews were killed. Adam Bernstein,, "Michael Anderson, 98, acclaimed director," 30 Apr. 2018

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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