air·​wor·​thy | \-ˌwər-t͟hē \

Definition of airworthy 

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

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airworthiness noun

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The agency considered the plane airworthy.

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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 But the unusual location also stems from a spate of fatal plane crashes linked to either flying an airworthy plane into the ground or heading into low-visibility conditions that require help from instruments. Zaz Hollander, Alaska Dispatch News, "NTSB plans rare Alaska hearing as part of Togiak plane crash probe," 19 July 2017 FIFI, one of only two remaining airworthy B-29s, is part of a fleet of World War II era aircraft on the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, "95-year-old Irvine veteran gets one more mission on a B-29," 30 May 2017

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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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