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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While the company has performed five supersonic test flights of VSS Unity, the company’s space tourism plans took a hit in 2014 when the original SpaceShipTwo crashed over the Mojave Desert killing one of two test pilots. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Virgin Galactic gives inside look to new spaceport," 16 Aug. 2019 Born to a military family in Rome, Italy, on Oct. 31, 1930, Collins attended the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., becoming a fighter pilot and later, an Air Force test pilot at fabled Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. William Harwood, CBS News, "The 3 "amiable strangers" who flew into history on Apollo 11," 15 July 2019 At Jaunt, Stanzione, who is also a former test pilot, acquired the rights to technology long in development by Carter Aviation Technologies, one of the most aggressive innovators in rotorcraft technology in the modern age. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future," 12 Aug. 2019 All three later became test pilots before being selected as NASA astronauts. Curtis Roelle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Star Points: On the occasion of its golden anniversary, looking back at the first moon landing," 12 July 2019 At Langley for 13 years, Mr. Kraft distinguished himself by solving complex flight problems and directing the work of test pilots. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95," 22 July 2019 The astronauts who will fly on Dragon are trained test pilots, have been closely involved with its design and test process. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "SpaceX found the problem that blew up its Crew Dragon spacecraft," 15 July 2019 Seven men were selected for Mercury, all test pilots. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 2019 Company engineers and test pilots are working to fix anti-stall technology on the Boeing 737 Max that is suspected to have played a role in two deadly crashes in the last six months. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Financial pressure mounts to fix Boeing’s troubled jetliner," 1 Apr. 2019

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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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