test pilot


Definition of 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

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On the spectrum of thinkers and doers, most test pilots are on the doers side, but Neil was way over on the thinkers side — even among that New Nine group. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "First Man’s screenwriter thinks Neil Armstrong would be disappointed by the flag controversy," 15 Oct. 2018 With the two Space Shuttle astronauts will be Nicole Aunapu Mann, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps and F/A-18 test pilot who flew 47 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft," 3 Aug. 2018 The two test pilots on VSS Unity, Mike Masucci and Dave Mackay, ignited the engine for a total of 42 seconds, pushing the vehicle to Mach 2.47 and a height of around 32.3 miles. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane flew higher than ever before in its third powered flight," 26 July 2018 Those jet planes, piloted by The Right Stuff vintage test pilots, had proved that aircraft and people could control flight at high speeds and altitudes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Astronaut John Young Tamed the Space Shuttle," 8 Jan. 2018 In the early 1960s, 13 women passed the same medical and stress tests as the Mercury astronauts, but NASA required all astronaut candidates to have military jet test pilot experience. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 17, 1963: First woman in space," 17 June 2018 Bean, a former U.S. Navy test pilot who was part of NASA’s third-ever group of astronauts, twice flew to space. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Famed Astronaut Alan Bean Dies at 86," 26 May 2018 Once commissioned, Mathiasen was accepted into the Army's test pilot program. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Women Take Flight At New England Air Museum," 14 Mar. 2018 Reynolds plays test pilot Hal Jordan, who is given superhuman powers and joins the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic force for peace and justice. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of test pilot

: a pilot who flies new aircraft in order to see how well they work

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