bush pilot


: a pilot who flies a small plane into remote areas

Examples of bush pilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was designed with the help of Alaskan bush pilot Tommy Thompson in 1952. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 In fact, the creek's orange color was what led a bush pilot to report the likelihood of valuable minerals there in the 1960s. Alec Luhn, Scientific American, 19 Dec. 2023 West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942) Markham, who grew up in the Kenyan Rift Valley hunting with spears and training horses, became one of West Africa's greatest bush pilots. The Week Staff, The Week, 26 Aug. 2023 Thankfully, Cuddy was a bush pilot. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2022 Within days she’s secured a corner office, has a one-night stand with a local bush pilot and starts to unravel the mystery that has stymied her new colleagues for years. Neal Justin, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Oct. 2022 So to be told there were two more hours in a horrifyingly small Cessna and there wouldn’t even be much to see aside from the occasional side-eye at my handsome bush pilot? Todd Plummer, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2023 Duke Marolf, a 38-year-old marine welder and bush pilot in Seward, Alaska, also heard the Yeti tales. John Clarke, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 Joshua Seagrave, 46, moved to Palmer with his partner, Jen, in January to start a new career as a bush pilot, friends and family said last month. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bush pilot was in 1936

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“Bush pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20pilot. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bush pilot

: a pilot who flies a small plane over remote or lightly settled country where commercial airlines do not go

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