air·​wor·​thy | \ ˈer-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce airworthy (audio) \

Definition of airworthy

: fit for operation in the air kept the historic aircraft in airworthy condition

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airworthiness noun

Examples of airworthy in a Sentence

The agency considered the plane airworthy.
Recent Examples on the Web Airbus insists that the plane was airworthy, and air accident investigators found a plethora of problems to have caused the crash. Washington Post, "French judges drop case against Air France for 2009 crash," 5 Sep. 2019 Because of the collision between the fence and the propeller, the plane’s engine will now have to undergo a full teardown before it can be deemed airworthy, Griswold said. Emily Brindley,, "Plane leaves runway, hits fence at Simsbury Airport," 8 Sep. 2019 This Monday, New Year's Eve, Reilly's ultra-rare XP-82 made history and took to the skies for the first time in decades, becoming the only airworthy Twin Mustang in the world. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Super-Rare XP-82 Twin Mustang Flies Again After Decade-Long Restoration," 4 Jan. 2019 The Diamond LIL is one of only two airworthy B-24 bombers in existence. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "WWII planes from world’s largest flying museum land this month in La Crosse, Wis.," 10 July 2019 Here’s a collection of photos showing Raptor pilots and maintainers working to get the planes airworthy and off the damaged base. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane-Battered F-22s Are Now Flying Out of Michael's Aftermath," 6 Nov. 2018 The plane that crashed was airworthy and safe to fly, Mr. Pramintohadi said. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Hunts Seabed for Crashed Lion Air Jetliner," 30 Oct. 2018 Organizers hope the Fitchburg plane will be airworthy by next year. Graham Ambrose,, "In Fitchburg, a plane that’s not so simple," 11 June 2018 The majority of A-10s have already received new wings and will remain airworthy into the 2030s, but for more than 100 planes, a third of the fleet, the future is uncertain. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Will Lose More Than a Third of A-10s If the Planes Don't Get New Wings," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of airworthy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airworthy was in 1829

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English Language Learners Definition of airworthy

: fit or safe for flying

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