Definition of airspeed
: the speed (as of an airplane) with relation to the air — compare ground speed
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The F-35B model is a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft, using fancy hardware to aim engine thrust down, allowing the plane to take off and land at much slower airspeeds or even land vertically, helicopter-style.
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Definition of airspeed for English Language Learners
: the speed at which an aircraft moves through the air
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