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test pilot

noun
1.
a pilot employed to test-fly newly-built aircraft.
Origin of test pilot
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30
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  • Last Fridays job was to have been Jimmys last as a test pilot.

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  • The quiet routine of a test pilot had prepared him for nothing like this.

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  • They wanted a perfect superman to test pilot their baby, even if they knew they'd eventually have to take second best.

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  • If something goes wrong because the test pilot is disturbed or nervous, the company will be bankrupt.

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British Dictionary definitions for test pilot

test pilot

noun
1.
a pilot who flies aircraft of new design to test their performance in the air
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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