rocket plane


Definition of rocket plane 

: an airplane propelled by rockets

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These were needed to show the dramatic speed of the X-15, but the rocket plane would not have flown on such a cloudy day). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 Like most 1940s aircraft, North American Aviation’s jet fighter and Bell’s rocket plane, in their first designs, had wings that stuck straight out. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018 In the early 1960s, pilots—including future Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong—began shooting for the edge of space in X-15 rocket planes dropped from B-52 bombers. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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