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

Examples of test pilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both former Navy test pilots, Wilmore and Williams are among NASA's most experienced astronauts with four flights, 11 spacewalks and 500 days in space between them. William Harwood, CBS News, 1 June 2024 Both are Navy test pilots who have flown in space twice, according to Florida Today, a USA TODAY Network publication. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 6 May 2024 When not overseas, Anderson was a fighter test pilot and served multiple roles, including as the deputy director of flight test operations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 22 May 2024 As part of his preparation for becoming an astronaut, Dwight completed the experimental test pilot course and aerospace research pilot training and performed duties as an aerospace research pilot, per his website. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for test pilot 

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

test pilot

: a pilot who puts new aircraft through tests

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