test pilot


: a pilot who specializes in putting new or experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them (as for strength) by producing strains in excess of normal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Neither test pilot nor his passenger were seriously injured in the crash, but the fiberglass car body was destroyed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Mann, 45, a Marine colonel and test pilot who was born in Petaluma, California, said it’s important to recognize there are all types of people aboard the space station. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 19 Oct. 2022 He was selected to be a member of NASA's second astronaut class in September 1962 after graduating from the Air Force Experimental Test Pilot School and serving as an experimental test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 17 Oct. 2022 Yeager, a 24-year-old ace fighter pilot turned pathbreaking test pilot, was operating the most sophisticated aeronautical science package ever built. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 But before that can happen, a test pilot must write the safety guide for what to do in an emergency—like when the fuel gauge on the jetpack approaches zero. Richard Malena, Popular Mechanics, 14 Sep. 2022 He will be joined by NASA crewmate Sunita Williams, also a former Navy test pilot. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2022 The European Central Bank, on behalf of countries including Germany and France, is exploring designs for a digital euro and preparing to launch a test pilot. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 The futurist and the test pilot Is the world ready for wingless hovercraft levitating over cities and hotrodding through congested air corridors? New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of test pilot was in 1917

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“Test pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pilot. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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test pilot


: a pilot who puts new aircraft through tests

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