air·​strip | \ -ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio) \

Definition of airstrip

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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Photo: Damian Dovarganes/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Colombian, Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía, flew his first drug shipment to Mr. Guzmán on five planes that landed at a clandestine airstrip in Sinaloa, Mexico. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 Dirt airstrips that once welcomed nearly 100 tourists a week in Kamarata are now used by charter operators to haul out gold. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Access is by Cessna from the airstrip at Shell, a steamy frontier town on the edge of the Amazon, and flights are impossible in rain, so patience is required on entry and exit. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Our last flight of the day was a charter flight to a dirt airstrip that doesn't appear on any aviation maps. Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #4," 3 Oct. 2018 Police said the 12-seat Beechcraft King Air C90 crashed on a test flight after being repaired and had taken off from Mumbai’s Juhu airstrip, which is used by small planes and is some distance from the city’s main airport. Washington Post, "Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead," 28 June 2018 The aviation industry is gathering this week at an airstrip here outside of London for its biggest trade fair of the year—typically a week of boasting by Boeing Co. BA -1.36% and Airbus SE EADSY -0.34% over billion-dollar airplane deals. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Who Bought That Plane? Airshow Buyers Seek Discretion Amid Trade Tensions," 18 July 2018 During a trip to Hamburg, Germany in 2017, shortly before his fourth birthday, George made headlines and melted hearts around the world when pictures of him looking absolutely in awe of the helicopters on the airstrip made the rounds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Reveals the One Thing Prince George Could "Never Forgive" Him for Forgetting," 12 Jan. 2019 Over-the-Top Trips Kate DotyGeoExDoty knows which airstrips can accommodate your private jet, how to score access to top diplomats, and the best ways to see back-of-beyond spots like Chad, the D.R.C., or Indonesia’s out islands. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of airstrip

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airstrip

: an area of land that is used as a runway for airplanes to take off and land


air·​strip | \ ˈer-ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio) \

Kids Definition of airstrip

: a runway without places (as hangars) for the repair of aircraft or shelter of passengers or cargo

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