- any machine supported for flight in the air by buoyancy or by the dynamic action of air on its surfaces, especially powered airplanes, gliders, and helicopters.
Origin of aircraft
Examples from the Web for aircraft
The assessment of the strikes comes in real-time video from the aircraft.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Each CAP, also known as an “orbit,” consists on four aircraft.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Typically, aircraft will work in pairs where the flight lead will make an initial pass to mark a target with rockets.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
“We hope that the aircraft is found quickly, and we can find out the cause of what has happened,” he said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
This is it, Secord thought, but the aircraft pulled through.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
It swept toward the dome and dissociated into a myriad specks which were aircraft.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In these encounters the British lost three aircraft of various types.
He saw her seem to stiffen upon sight of the other aircraft.
Most aircraft duels are settled at distances of less than a hundred yards.
We also knew they could deliver the big bomb, presumably by some sort of aircraft.Second Landing
- any machine capable of flying by means of buoyancy or aerodynamic forces, such as a glider, helicopter, or aeroplane
Word Origin and History for aircraft
1851, originally in reference to airships and balloons, from air (n.1) + craft (n.); a term from boating, as were many early aviation words. Of airplanes from 1907 and since 1930s exclusively of them. Aircraft carrier is attested from 1919 (H.M.S. Hermes, launched September 1919, was the first ship to be built from the hull up as an aircraft carrier).