air·​lift·​er ˈer-ˌlif-tər How to pronounce airlifter (audio)
plural airlifters
: 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 airliftersRobert Weisman, Boston Globe, 14 June 2005

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airlifter was in 1951

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“Airlifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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