over·​flight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌflīt How to pronounce overflight (audio) \

Definition of overflight

: a passage over an area in an aircraft

Examples of overflight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And what prompted that was a U-2 overflight of the eastern part of Cuba that returned photography that was very quickly identified through photo interpreters' efforts as medium-range ballistic missiles - in other words, nukes. CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 The Times quoted several Twitter accounts in and around Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, describing loud overflight activity taking place as late as 3 a.m. in the morning. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Aug. 2021 Most foreign carriers are now avoiding Afghanistan’s air space, depriving it of yet another important source of income: overflight fees, which countries charge airlines for permission to fly over their territory. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The helos conducted an overflight w/ @GovRonDeSantis & placed two pumps to help lower the water level enough to repair the leak. Li Cohen, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2021 The kingdom dipped a toe in the water by granting overflight rights to Israel and, most recently, allowing an Israeli racing team to participate in the Dakar Rally. Jared Kushner, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2021 Russia raised concerns that the United States could potentially still get access to overflight intelligence gathered by its allies who remain part of the treaty. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 The deal will also grant overflight rights and direct flights to and from Israel. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, 10 Dec. 2020 Fat Albert is the unsung star of the team’s air show act, kicking it off with a low-altitude overflight and some fancy maneuvers of its own. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of overflight

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Overflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overflight. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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