air·​wor·​thy | \ -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.

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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 Some airlines reportedly had to cannibalize some of their planes to keep others airworthy. kansascity, "Workers find both data recorders at Russian plane crash site | The Kansas City Star," 12 Feb. 2018 And in 2015, when Germany debated sending Tornado strike jets to Syria, it was revealed that only 29 out 66 Tornados were airworthy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Germany’s Entire Submarine Fleet Is Out of Commission," 21 Dec. 2017 One of the unique features of this museum is that all the planes are airworthy. Scott Mcmurren, Alaska Dispatch News, "Here are some fun things to do once you snap up those cheap tickets to Seattle," 5 Nov. 2017 Whether Mr Yadav’s aircraft are airworthy is unproven. The Economist, "An Indian aviation visionary runs into bureaucratic turbulence," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of airworthy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airworthy

: fit or safe for flying

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