pi·​lot·​ed ˈpī-lə-təd How to pronounce piloted (audio)
: flown or operated by a pilot
piloted flight
a remotely piloted aircraft

Examples of piloted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hardy later piloted giant B-29 bombers during the Korean War and C-119 gunships in Vietnam. Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 3 Feb. 2023 Airstrikes—from piloted aircraft, drones, or robotic and autonomous systems including kamikaze drones and drones carrying explosive charges—are crucial to enabling forces to maneuver on the ground. David Kilcullen, Foreign Affairs, 23 Oct. 2023 That is because both Ukraine, with Patriot missiles, among other weapons, and Russia with its S-400 air defense systems, have formidable air defenses that have largely deterred each other from launching airstrikes near or behind the front lines with piloted warplanes. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2023 Thursday's flight was Virgin's seventh piloted sub-orbital mission since an initial test flight on December 13, 2018. William Harwood, CBS News, 10 Aug. 2023 Some have suggested that modern antiaircraft missiles are so lethal to traditional piloted aircraft that these, too, are headed for the ash heap of history. Stephen Biddle, Foreign Affairs, 10 Aug. 2023 Boeing's first piloted mission is expected later this year. William Harwood, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2021 The first piloted flight of Boeing's Starliner astronaut ferry ship is slipping from late April to at least July 21, officials said Wednesday, to allow more time to close out paperwork and to carry out an additional test of the spacecraft's parachute deploy system. William Harwood, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2023 For example, the U.S. Navy's X-47B, an unmanned fighter jet that can land and take off from aircraft carriers even in windy conditions and refuel in the air, will have 10 times the reach of piloted fighter jets. Noel Sharkey, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020

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Word History


from past participle of pilot entry 2

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piloted was in 1775

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“Piloted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piloted. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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