air·​man·​ship | \ ˈer-mən-ˌship How to pronounce airmanship (audio) \

Definition of airmanship

: skill in piloting or navigating aircraft

Examples of airmanship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joining Wingfoot One at the air show will be aerobatic champion Michael Goulian, who will perform exercises in precision airmanship. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Goodyear's Wingfoot One to fly Tampa Bay AirFest (video)," 10 May 2018 As the trip with Bell demonstrates, the current air traffic control system is founded on the airmanship of pilots and communication with those who monitor controlled airspace. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Dallas Flyers Club: What Uber's Flying Taxi Future Feels Like," 2 May 2018 The smallest lapse of focus or error in airmanship by the intercepting aircrew can have disastrous consequences. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "From several angles, a new look at how a Russian jet buzzed a Navy aircraft," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of airmanship

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Airmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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