air·​crew | \ ˈer-ˌkrü How to pronounce aircrew (audio) \

Definition of aircrew

: the crew manning an airplane

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The investigation also says the aircrew should have been aware maintenance was being done on Firehawk 310 and not started pre-flight checks until it was completed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Squadron leaders warned of dangerous helicopter ‘hot seat’ hours before sailor fatally injured, report finds," 5 Aug. 2019 An aircrew and a team of drones-- along with 12 state, local and federal agencies -- are involved in the search effort, said Tom Munoz, emergency management coordinator for Texas City. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A police chief is missing after he was knocked overboard from fishing boat in Texas," 9 June 2019 Pilots and aircrews get airsick, and even military personnel training in enclosed, immersive simulators get motion sickness. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A New Electronic Device Could Cure the Military's Big Motion Sickness Problem," 22 Nov. 2018 By today's standards, the B-47 was incredibly unsafe—203 aircraft were lost to crashes (10 percent of the airplanes produced) killing 464 aircrew. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sixty Years Ago, a Pilot Flew a B-47 Nuclear Bomber Under Michigan's Mackinac Bridge," 30 Apr. 2019 Recent incidents involving Chinese military personnel injuring American military aircrews in Africa and the East China Sea shows Beijing has few qualms about using them to intentionally blind human beings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018 Bombers are accurate, with aircrews often visually confirming their targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does America Still Need the Nuclear Triad?," 23 Jan. 2019 The Russian fighter flew so close to the American aircraft on its first pass that the U.S. aircrew reported turbulence, officials said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Russian Jet Fighter Buzzes U.S. Surveillance Plane Over Black Sea," 5 Nov. 2018 The use of afterburners to harass the American aircrew marks an escalation over previous incidents over the Baltic and Black Seas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Accuses Russian Fighter of 'Unsafe Intercept' Over Black Sea," 5 Nov. 2018

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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of or relating to the heavens

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