rocket plane

noun

Definition of rocket plane

: an airplane propelled by rockets

Examples of rocket plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rocket plane — which requires two pilots — glides to a runway landing at its Spaceport America base. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 The space trip that Mr. Branson and five other crew members completed Sunday morning on a Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. rocket plane lends credence to the company’s ability to safely take passengers to and from space. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 11 July 2021 Mountain time, a carrier aircraft, with the rocket plane, named V.S.S. Unity, tucked underneath, rose off the runway and headed to an altitude of about 45,000 feet. New York Times, 11 July 2021 Mojave Desert left three workers dead, and in 2014, when a Virgin Galactic rocket plane broke apart during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. Susan Montoya Bryan And Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 July 2021 Mojave Desert left three workers dead, and in 2014, when a Virgin Galactic rocket plane broke apart during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2021 In 2014, an earlier prototype of Virgin Galactic's rocket plane, the VSS Enterprise, crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. Algernon D'ammassa, USA TODAY, 10 July 2021 VSS Unity is a winged rocket plane, which is carried by a four-engine jet to an altitude of about 15,240 m (50,000 ft), flies the rest of the way to space under rocket power, and then lands like an airplane. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 9 July 2021 Meanwhile, Branson is expected to fly this summer on the Virgin Galactic VSS Unity rocket plane to the same zone. Eric Niiler, Wired, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of rocket plane

1928, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2021

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“Rocket plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocket%20plane. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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