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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Recent Examples on the Web The test plane will be outfitted with sensors and other monitoring equipment, and F.A.A. officials will be joined by a top Boeing test pilot. David Gelles, New York Times, "What Needs to Happen to Get Boeing’s 737 Max Flying Again?," 10 Feb. 2020 Virgin Galactic has launched two sub-orbital test flights above 50 miles, the first with two test pilots on board and the second with two pilots and a company flight engineer. William Harwood, CBS News, "Bezos' Blue Origin launches New Shepard spacecraft on sub-orbital test flight," 11 Dec. 2019 The first flight, in December, was with two test pilots. BostonGlobe.com, "Virgin Galactic becomes first public space tourism company - The Boston Globe," 29 Oct. 2019 The first flight, in December, was with two test pilots. Taylor Telford, chicagotribune.com, "Virgin Galactic becomes first public space tourism company," 29 Oct. 2019 The first flight, in December, was with two test pilots. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Virgin Galactic takes space tourism public with historic NYSE listing," 28 Oct. 2019 Hurley and Behnken are both former military test pilots and veteran astronauts who previously flew on space shuttle missions. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch historic NASA astronaut mission on May 27," 17 Apr. 2020 Despite the sky-high stress, Mr. Haise recalls no cross words among the three test pilots. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 13 turns 50: The space mission that gripped the world," 12 Apr. 2020 Reminds of the story about Chuck Yeager, the test pilot made famous in Tom Wolfe’s ground-breaking book, The Right Stuff. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Famous for setting the NBA on fire, Mavs owner Mark Cuban has become its face of support during the coronavirus crisis," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of test pilot

1917, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2020

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“Test pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pilot. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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