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flight leader

a pilot who commands a flight of military airplanes. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The flight leader, Colonel Wellman held them in tight formation.

  • He had been offered the flight leader's job but had turned it down.

  • I had to watch my flight leader, the other ships in my formation, and the enemy formation.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • He was relieved when the colonel had sent over word that O'Malley would serve as flight leader.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • "So, he's already gotten himself shifted to flight leader," Stan said, matching the major's grin.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Then the first bombing plane, bearing the flight leader, “taxis” across the field, appearing to stagger under its great burden.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Dave waited until he saw his flight leader swerve off to slam in at the Junkers to the right.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • "flight leader ought to be first, Sonny, not last," said the Major as the boy came up.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The flight leader ran his engine up again, its humming drone rising to a full deep-chested roar.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • In three minutes the door banged open noisily, and the flight leader clumped heavily in.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable

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