flight-tested; flight-testing; flight-tests

transitive verb

: to test (an airplane, a spacecraft, etc.) in flight

Examples of flight-test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apollo 8 was designed to orbit Earth with the module, which Major Anders would flight-test. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 8 June 2024 Just over 50 years later, Boeing flight-tested a two-seat Diamond DA20 on a fuel cell. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2024 The lack of flight-test surprises has allowed the test team to rack up the 429 (and counting) flights mentioned above but testing is behind schedule the Wing says. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Since then, Pyongyang has accelerated the pace of its missile tests and has signaled its intention to flight-test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the continental United States. Adam Mount, Foreign Affairs, 28 June 2017 Kim and his daughter took center stage during a military parade in February, when his military rolled out what appeared to be a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, which was likely the same system the country flight-tested for the first time in April. Time, 26 June 2023 And on Monday morning, SpaceX halted its own flight-test attempt. Herb Scribner, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2023 What were some of your most memorable experiences as a flight-test engineer? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flight-test was in 1930

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“Flight-test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight-test. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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