fly·​able | \ ˈflī-ə-bəl How to pronounce flyable (audio) \

Definition of flyable

: suitable for flying or for being flown

Examples of flyable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Korea plans to build six flyable prototypes, wrapping up development and testing by 2026. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 Numerous reports from 2020 and 2021 suggested that significant numbers of F-16IQs had become grounded, with the Iraqis even rumored to have been cannibalizing some jets for spare parts needed to keep others flyable. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 That project, designed to produce a peer and possible successor to the F-22 Raptor, has been in the works for several years, but aviation experts pegged an actual flyable fighter jet to be at least 5 to 10 years away. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Sep. 2020 Although the planes are not flyable and their electronics are long destroyed, a foreign country could learn crucial design details and examine the advanced composites that make up the plane's fuselage and skin. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Jan. 2022 No one is as far along as Boom in terms of having a near-flyable demonstrator. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, 20 Dec. 2021 The Iraqis also reportedly even cannibalized some jets for parts to keep others flyable. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Thirty-two of the 35 attack planes are flyable—a readiness rate that exceeds what even many of the world’s richer air forces can manage. David Axe, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Tallying North Korea’s flyable warplanes is tantamount to an extinction countdown. David Axe, Forbes, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flyable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flyable was circa 1909

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“Flyable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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