wing commander


: a commissioned officer in the British air force who ranks with a lieutenant colonel in the army

Examples of wing commander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under Brown the cultural shift took hold and remains in place today, said Rew, who was one of Brown’s instructors at the weapons school and wing commander during Brown's time as commandant. Tara Copp,, 25 May 2023 Bacon, before turning to politics, was a career Air Force officer, rising to brigadier general and wing commander at Ramstein Air Base, in Germany, and Offutt Air Force Base, in Nebraska. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 4 Oct. 2020 Yeager also served as a wing commander in the Vietnam War, bringing his combat experience to a younger generation of fighter pilots. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 8 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wing commander was in 1914

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“Wing commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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