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

Examples of test pilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Devon Dewey, a drone test pilot from Utah, visited the Rockport Reservoir for the first time and snagged photos and video of what is left of the ghost town. Keira Wingate, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The famed aviator discussed his illustrious career — World War II fighter ace; first man to break the sound barrier; test pilot for many experimental aircraft — and wrapped up by asking for questions. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 Stucky and another Scaled Composites test pilot, Peter Siebold, took turns in the pilot’s seat. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Born Sadaho Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1939, Chiba was the third child of a military test pilot. Christian Holub, EW.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Hell on Earth is imminent, and Coy Blackler’s only real ally is Harper, a fellow test pilot/guinea pig whose symbiotic relationship with a cherubim-ish imp also is highly unstable. al, 23 July 2021 On Sunday there was a long obituary about a test pilot who knew a Russian cosmonaut. Raleigh Kaminsky, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Mark Stucky, Virgin Galactic’s lead test pilot, once described Blue Origin to me. Nicholas Schmidl, The New Yorker, 9 July 2021 That same year, pioneer American aviator Elinor Smith, who at 16 was the youngest test pilot in the world, became the first woman on the back of the box. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of test pilot

1917, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2021

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“Test pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pilot. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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