flight engineer


: a flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Barker was offered a job as a flight engineer at American Airlines on his 29th birthday in August 1984. Dallas News, 17 Nov. 2022 In the 1950s, commercial aircraft cockpits were more crowded, typically with a captain, first officer or co-pilot, a flight engineer, a navigator and a radio operator. Angus Whitley, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 This will be the first trip to space for Rubio, who will serve as a flight engineer on this mission. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 But Echazarreta, who has worked as a flight engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talked about the mission during a message broadcast by the Blue Origin space tourism company shortly before launch. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 Halvorsen lived up to his promise, asking other pilots to donate their candy rations and having his flight engineer rock the airplane during the drop. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 In 2015, Tabansky was a flight engineer instructor and flight platoon sergeant stationed in Germany when he was called to stage a new Chinook helicopter at a military expo in London. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Nov. 2021 The other crew members were a flight engineer and a co-pilot, all former employees of India’s national carrier. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz, 13 Oct. 2021 Rubins is one of the five NASA crew members currently aboard the International Space Station, after arriving in October for a six-month mission as a flight engineer. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 10 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flight engineer was in 1938

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“Flight engineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20engineer. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

flight engineer

: a crew member of an airplane responsible for mechanical operation
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