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.
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How to use aircraft in a sentence
Their work is being supported from the air by a large fleet of state-owned and contractor fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, providing critical Air Attack retardant and water drops with pinpoint accuracy.West Coast states are calling in all their best planes and helicopters to fight fires | By Dan Pimentel/Flying | September 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
As part of her work, she watched videos taken by drone aircraft flying above pods of surfacing whales.
If development of the concepts goes to plan, Airbus will officially kick off its ZEROe aircraft program by 2025, with a full-scale prototype arriving in the latter half of this decade.Check out Airbus’s concepts for the world’s first ‘zero-emission commercial aircraft’ | David Meyer | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
This whole system is exacerbated by the fact that it’s not just contracts for privately owned aircraft.They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? | by Elizabeth Weil | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
Then a Navy recruiter asked me to take a nuclear-based test – and I’m a really good test taker – so I passed and worked as a nuclear reactor operator on a few different aircraft carriers.Pepco employee talks diversity, inclusion, and COVID | Staff reports | August 28, 2020 | Washington Blade
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Each CAP, also known as an “orbit,” consists on four aircraft.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says | Dave Majumdar | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Lack of forward firing ordnance in a CAS supporting aircraft is a major handicap,” he added.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the items Indonesian military aircraft saw were long yellow tubes.
By agreement, the countdown was to be broadcast to all aircraft over one of the airport frequencies.The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
Our ears were deafened by the sharp rat-tat-tat of the machine guns, and by our own frantic anti-aircraft fire.The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
Every available piece of anti-aircraft artillery was turned upon the fleecy mass.Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
"Get an anti-aircraft gun from the Island and shell hell out of them when they come round again," suggested the artilleryman.The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
Airplanes were buzzing overhead; searchlights were meeting in the sky while anti-aircraft guns banged away.Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for aircraft
any machine capable of flying by means of buoyancy or aerodynamic forces, such as a glider, helicopter, or aeroplane
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