flight engineer

noun

Definition of flight engineer

: a flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation

Examples of flight engineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the days of propeller airliners, the flight engineer was a specially qualified maintenance technician, due to the complexity of operating large radial engines. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can severe turbulence tear the wing off a jetliner?," 26 June 2020 The test crew consists of pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, and an observer in the rear. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the B-29!," 15 June 2020 In older, larger airliners, there was a second officer or flight engineer. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can severe turbulence tear the wing off a jetliner?," 26 June 2020 DeMorgan, who had two children, served with the Air Force and had worked for 18 years as a C-130 flight engineer, according to the company. NBC News, "Memorial service held for U.S. airman who died fighting Australian wildfires," 7 Feb. 2020 The aircraft was later deemed unsafe for travel as it was overloaded, had two bad engines and the flight engineer was not qualified for his position. Gus Martin, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant tragedy is latest in sports world's long, tragic history with aviation crashes," 28 Jan. 2020 According to Coulson, Demorgan had more than 4,000 hours as a flight engineer with nearly 2,000 hours in a combat environment. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Gulf Coast firefighter killed in plane crash while battling Australian blaze," 24 Jan. 2020 The flight engineer Mitchell Melton, 34, of Dalhart, Texas, survived with injuries. Author: Dave Collins, Susan Haigh, Anchorage Daily News, "2 pilots among 7 killed in B-17 crash in Connecticut," 3 Oct. 2019 Seven people were injured including five passengers, a flight engineer and an airport worker. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake County resident recalls ‘awesome’ 2015 flight on WWII-era bomber that crashed in Connecticut, killing 7," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flight engineer

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Flight engineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20engineer. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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