- a pilot employed to test-fly newly-built aircraft.
Origin of test pilot
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for test pilot
As near as I could make out, he was a test-pilot, or something like it, for a small experimental aircraft plant near the city.Exile from Space
- a pilot who flies aircraft of new design to test their performance in the air
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