flight engineer


Definition of flight engineer

: a flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation

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Williams flew on Discovery in STS-116 to join the ISS crew as a flight engineer for Expedition 14 and 15, and on Atlantis to return to Earth in STS-117. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft," 3 Aug. 2018 The older model C-130Hs have two additional crewmembers in the cockpit: a navigator and flight engineer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 Despite its size, the plane carries a small crew: pilot, co-pilot, two flight engineers, and three loadmasters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 The Press Trust of India news agency said the fatalities included two pilots and two flight engineers on the aircraft. Fox News, "Chartered plane crashes in Mumbai; at least 5 people dead," 28 June 2018 Highlights: B-29 Doc First Flight Mazzolini, an Air Force flight engineer aboard a B-29 during the Korean War, gathered other aviation enthusiasts in the hopes of creating a flying museum as a tribute to those who flew on those bombers. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Vintage restored B-29 bomber visits Burke Lakefront Airport May 31," 15 May 2018 The radio operator, navigator and flight engineer have already been made redundant by technological advances. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 The air crews assigned to test the planes are a combination of fighter, attack, and special operations pilots, as well as test pilots and flight engineers from the Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Air Force “light attack” test aircraft crashes on bomb range, killing pilot," 26 June 2018 Jean Audriffred of Carolina, Puerto Rico, a 16-year veteran who is survived by his wife and two sons; flight engineer Master Sgt. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Military Officials Begin Cargo Plane Crash Probe," 3 May 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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