over·​flight | \ˈō-vər-ˌflīt \

Definition of overflight 

: a passage over an area in an aircraft

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Scientists say a helicopter overflight on Monday confirms a significant reduction in lava output from a fissure in a Big Island community where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. Fox News, "The Latest: Hurricane heads to Hawaii as lava activity wanes," 6 Aug. 2018 Were the B-52s there for freedom of navigation and overflight? James Griffiths, CNN, "Beijing may have removed missiles from disputed South China Sea island," 6 June 2018 They are required to avoid the Kilauea area itself because of concerns about ash and a potential explosion, but the lava overflights give passengers an eagle's eye view of the destruction and birth of new land. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Hawaii volcano has flung ash and rattled residents. Now it's taking a toll on the Big Island's economy.," 16 May 2018 Flight crews have conducted multiple overflights in a search for the containers, and initially located nine. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Maritime mystery: Where are 70 cargo containers that fell overboard off NC coast? | Charlotte Observer," 14 Mar. 2018 China says its island construction is mainly for civilian ends and military facilities there are principally to protect freedom of navigation and overflight. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "As China Courts Neighbors, New Images Show More Building in Disputed Waters," 14 Dec. 2017 Meeting to discuss airplane noise Citizens for a Friendly Airport, a group based in Carlsbad, will discuss a new approach to the problem of low, loud overflights of airplanes at McClellan-Palomar Airport. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sneak peek at community news," 3 Nov. 2017 Swedes and Finns suffer Russian cyberattacks, overflights and misinformation campaigns meant to destabilize their governments. Azita Raji, WSJ, "Russia’s Cold War With Scandinavia," 28 Aug. 2017 The airline pays a hefty overflight fee for each one. The Economist, "Economic GulfThe boycott of Qatar is hurting its enforcers," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of overflight

1950, in the meaning defined above

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