un·​fly·​able ˌən-ˈflī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unflyable (audio)
: not suitable for flying or able to be flown : not flyable
a type of damage that could make a plane unflyable

Examples of unflyable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kyiv kept potentially dozens of unflyable MiGs in storage. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2022 As Ukrainian squadrons rose to confront Russian planes and aerial losses mounted, the Ukrainians looked for ways to reactivate unflyable jets. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The other 17, unflyable due to a lack of spares, rode out the storm in hangars. David Axe, Forbes, 22 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unflyable was in 1908

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“Unflyable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unflyable. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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