air·​lift·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlif-tər How to pronounce airlifter (audio) \
plural airlifters

Definition of airlifter

: an aircraft used to transport cargo or passengers to or from an often otherwise inaccessible area … the antimissile systems now deployed on more than 300 military aircraft, from bombers to helicopters to airlifters— Robert Weisman, Boston Globe, 14 June 2005

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First Known Use of airlifter

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for airlifter

airlift entry 2 + -er entry 2

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“Airlifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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