flight engineer


: a flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation

Examples of flight engineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glover, who also served as a flight engineer above the space station for Expedition 64, will be the first Black astronaut ever to be sent on a lunar mission. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 3 Apr. 2023 In order to help guide the lander to the surface, flight engineers uploaded a software patch to repurpose a secondary laser on a NASA instrument that’s on board Odysseus. Passant Rabie / Gizmodo, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024 The station’s current crew includes flight engineer Jasmin Moghbeli, a Marine pilot whose career has included service at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Camp Pendleton. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2023 Eligible candidates for the volunteer officer program include pilots, flight engineers and flight navigators, who have a current airman certificate from the FAA and a current class one or class two medical certificate, as well as U.S. citizenship. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023 An aerial gunner and assistant flight engineer, Sergeant McMullen was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service with the 14th Air Force’s 308th Bomber Group (Heavy), which flew B-24 Liberators in support of Chinese ground forces. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2023 The film is based on the true story of Hernández’s ascent from itinerant farmhand born in California to Mexican immigrants all the way to NASA flight engineer on the 2009 Space Shuttle mission STS-128. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 Christina Hammock Koch: A mission specialist on Artemis II, Koch served as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station and made waves in the first all-woman spacewalk. USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Commander Reid Wiseman This will be the second trip into space for Reid Wiseman, who previously served as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station in 2014. Julia Musto, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2023

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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 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

flight engineer

: a crew member of an airplane responsible for mechanical operation
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