rocket plane

noun

Definition of rocket plane

: an airplane propelled by rockets

Examples of rocket plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Air launch technology dates back decades, including use by X-15 rocket planes in the 1950s and ’60s. John. Antczak, Anchorage Daily News, "Branson’s Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt," 26 May 2020 All major structural elements have been assembled and the rocket plane is standing on its own landing gear at Mojave Air & Space Port in California, Virgin Galactic said in a statement. Washington Post, "Virgin Galactic’s next spaceship reaches build milestone," 8 Jan. 2020 In 2004, the SpaceShipOne rocket plane broke through Earth’s atmosphere to the edge of space for the second time in five days, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1951, the MGM movie musical ‘‘An American in Paris,’’ starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, had its US premiere in New York.," 4 Oct. 2019 As soon as the rocket plane was clear of the B-52, the pilot would grab the throttle as quickly as possible to open the propellant lines. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known," 16 Sep. 2019 That vision included a reusable rocket plane, a space station, a moon base, and eventually settlements on Mars. Taylor Dinerman, National Review, "Why Apollo 11 Matters," 20 July 2019 There was no hotter rocket plane chariot than the X-15 in the early 1960s, and Armstrong had one of the seats. Jamie Turner, cleveland.com, "How Neil Armstrong earned the moon landing’s lead role: Apollo 11 at 50," 16 July 2019 Armstrong was the consummate test pilot who flew the fabled X-15 rocket plane to the edge of space and cooly overcame in-flight emergencies. William Harwood, CBS News, "The 3 "amiable strangers" who flew into history on Apollo 11," 15 July 2019 Just as the war was ending, Bell Aircraft won a contract to build a rocket plane with no other purpose than to exceed the speed of sound. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of rocket plane

1928, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2020

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“Rocket plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocket%20plane. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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