flight engineer


Definition of flight engineer

: a flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation

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Miller was the flight engineer on the bomber, based in Italy and making runs on targets in Germany and central Europe. Mike Dunham, Anchorage Daily News, "68 years after WWII, Alaska veteran receives his medal for heroics," 29 Apr. 2013 An encounter with enemy fighters puts guests in the role of pilots, gunners or flight engineers. Dallas News, "Disney World's Star Wars land inspires rental houses decked out for a galaxy far, far away," 20 Aug. 2019 He was selected as an astronaut in 2009 and was assigned as a flight engineer for the Italian space agency's first long-duration flight mission to the International Space Station. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Expedition 60 crew launches to space station on Apollo 11 anniversary," 20 July 2019 Standing by to welcome them aboard will be Expedition 60 commander Alexey Ovchinin and NASA flight engineers Nick Hague and Christina Koch. William Harwood, CBS News, "Crew to make six-hour flight to International Space Station on Apollo 11 anniversary," 20 July 2019 The three pilots and two flight engineers worked on a rotation, taking breaks at a galley in the back of the plane. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Flying With the Hurricane Hunters Into Barry’s Heart," 13 July 2019 Tim proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an airframe powerplant mechanic and flight engineer on C-130's and C-141's. courant.com, "Timothy Scott Christensen Sr.," 11 July 2019 More Badass Planes Most aircraft do not need flight engineers to control engine power levels but managing the heavy engine levers is not practical at the same time as wrestling with the controls, which lack the power assistance of more recent rigs. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 She had been assigned to be a flight engineer for a 2018 expedition but was replaced by Serena Auñón-Chancellor. Rachel Crane, CNN, "One of these 12 women astronauts will go to the moon," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of flight engineer

1938, in the meaning defined above

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