overflight

noun
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 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, "The Blue Angels Are Taking Their Hornet Out for One Last Flight," 4 Nov. 2020 Only one aircraft was registered for the overflight, but there were multiple aircraft registrations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Tried to Sneak Stealth Fighters Across Austria," 23 July 2020 On its own, the overflight is a signal that the Saudi kingdom is prepared to give some more-than-passive validation to the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal that is close to being inked. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Trump, Kushner just produced a Mideast peace breakthrough," 2 Sep. 2020 On October 18, 2002, the Austrian air force, suspecting something was up with a U.S. government overflight of its territory, sent a pair of fighter jets to investigate the activity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Tried to Sneak Stealth Fighters Across Austria," 23 July 2020 The overflight was done deliberately to intimidate or disperse protesters on the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Ordered Low-Flying Military Helicopters to Stop D.C. Protesters," 3 June 2020 Harvey Stockman was the pilot and Soviet radar had tracked that first overflight. CBS News, "Former CIA museum curator highlights the agency's most important artifacts - transcript," 17 June 2020 On the one hand, Russia will no longer be able to fly over America, while still being subject to overflight from any one of America’s numerous friends in Europe. The Economist, "Flying blind Donald Trump abandons the Open Skies treaty," 21 May 2020 As these accords crumble, so too do their intricate provisions for verification, such as inspections, data exchanges and, in the case of Open Skies, overflights. The Economist, "Flying blind Donald Trump abandons the Open Skies treaty," 21 May 2020

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First Known Use of overflight

1950, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2020

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“Overflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overflight. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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