flight path


Definition of flight path

: the path in the air or space made or followed by something (such as a particle, an airplane, or a spacecraft) in flight

Examples of flight path in a Sentence

No other planes were on their flight path.

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U-2 Pilot Frank Powers had taken off from an airstrip in Pakistan with a flight path to Norway that would take him over 2,900 miles of Soviet airspace. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 The council also asked city staff to study what kind of economic development could occur around the airport’s flight path. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "County, San Jose explore options for closing Reid Hillview Airport," 21 Aug. 2019 While air traffic has been stopped at Reagan airport for past flyovers, it has not been stopped for fireworks — but this year, the fireworks have been moved to West Potomac Park which is closer to the flight path, NBC Washington reported. Phil Helsel And Allan Smith, NBC News, "July 4th military flyover, fireworks delay flights at Reagan Airport," 4 July 2019 In years past, flights did not have to be suspended because the fireworks display took place outside of the flight path into and out of the airport. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Tanks, flyovers and fireworks: What to know about Trump's July 4th extravaganza," 2 July 2019 The images offered little context and initially included an incorrect description of the drone’s flight path. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Says He Was ‘Cocked and Loaded’ to Strike Iran, but Pulled Back," 21 June 2019 Both sides have released videos, images and maps of the drone’s flight path to bolster their respective cases, which are impossible to independently verify. John Walcott, Time, "The U.S. and Iran Are Backing Down From a Fight, Rhetorically," 21 June 2019 All golf balls contain microchips that trace the flight path of the ball and can instantly show performance data on overhead TVs. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Topgolf to open second Denver-area high-tech driving range," 8 Aug. 2019 Growing up in New Mexico, Shults did not come from an aviation family but her family's farm was in the flight path of Holloman Air Force Base. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EAA: Southwest pilot recounts harrowing flight with blown engine, rapid depressurization," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of flight path

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flight path

: the route that an airplane, spaceship, etc., travels along through the air or space

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