rocket plane

noun

Definition of rocket plane

: an airplane propelled by rockets

Examples of rocket plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane glides to a landing on a runway, like NASA’s old space shuttles did, with a pair of pilots in charge. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Spectators cheered, jumped into the air and embraced as the rocket plane touched down. Susan Montoya Bryan And Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, 11 July 2021 British billionaire Branson -- who made news in July for his space trip on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane -- on Friday formally opens Moskito Island, his second private-island getaway in the BVI. CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Bezos launched to space successfully on July 20 with three other passengers, nine days after Branson beat him there in Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane. Kimberlee Speakman, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was completely automated and required no official staff on board for the up-and-down flight. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 20 July 2021 Branson is due to take off Sunday from New Mexico, launching with two pilots and three other employees aboard a rocket plane carried aloft by a double-fuselage aircraft. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, 9 July 2021 Branson is due to take off Sunday from New Mexico, launching with two pilots and three other employees aboard a rocket plane carried aloft by a double-fuselage aircraft. Marcia Dunn, sun-sentinel.com, 9 July 2021 The rocket plane’s portion of the flight took just 15 minutes. Time, 11 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rocket plane

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rocket plane was in 1928

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“Rocket plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocket%20plane. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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