flight deck


Definition of flight deck 

1 : the uppermost complete deck of an aircraft carrier

2 : the forward compartment in some airplanes

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This would primarily require heavier, more robust landing gear to absorb the shock of suddenly landing on a pitching flight deck in the middle of the ocean. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "France, Germany Teaming Up to Build Superfighter," 21 June 2018 China's only aircraft carrier the Liaoning took part in the display, launching J-15 fighter jets from the enormous ship's flight deck. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea, reports say," 20 Apr. 2018 The fire spread quickly while dense smoke filled the cabin and flight deck. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Accidents that changed aviation: Controlling in-flight fires," 10 June 2018 Her superstructure was stripped and a 550-foot wooden flight deck fitted. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 The new generation of carriers have more firepower, advanced nuclear reactors, more flight deck space for aircraft, and a state-of-the-art new system for launching aircraft, according to a Medill-USA Today review of the Navy’s carrier program. Kevin Schmidt, USA TODAY, "U.S. lead in aircraft carriers tested by new super ships from China and Russia," 27 June 2018 Several J-15s are visible on the carrier’s flight deck, including two lined up on the carrier’s ski jump for takeoff. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Satellite Photos Reveal Gigantic Chinese Fleet of More Than 40 Ships," 29 Mar. 2018 The Urus interior is a maximalist rendering of the same functional space, a fantasy flight deck for wealthy 12-year-olds. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Lamborghini Urus: An SUV for the One Percent," 15 June 2018 At the USS Lexington: Museum on the Bay (or just the Lex), see authentic WWII aircraft on the ship’s flight deck and imagine life as a sailor on the aircraft carrier with 11 decks and battle guns used during the ship’s 40-year naval career. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flight deck

: the top deck of an aircraft carrier

: the area where the pilots sit in a large airplane

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