noun Also air lift.
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for airlift
“Air refueling and airlift assets were the literal pinch I am describing here,” the official said.First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars|Dave Majumdar|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So after a year of record killings, an ambitious rescue effort is underway to airlift the great beasts to safety.
That was when “instinct kicked in,” said Chief Master Sergeant James Ross, a friend and fellow airman from the 152nd Airlift Wing.Nevada Teacher Mike Landsberry Survived War. He Was Killed in Class.|Jacob Siegel|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"We don't have any trains or direct buses," said U.S. Marshal Pickering as he explained the airlift procedure.Madoff Secretary Annette Bongiorno Jailed Over Ponzi Millions|Allan Dodds Frank|December 21, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The need to respond on a moment's notice adds to the value of airlift and prepositioned ships.Shock and Awe|Harlan K. Ullman
It looked as helpless as isolated Berlin did before the first airlift proved what men and planes could do in the way of transport.Space Tug|Murray Leinster
The Soviet effort to capture Berlin by blockade was thwarted by the courageous Allied airlift.State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman|Harry S. Truman
An airlift of supplies dropped by parachute was being organized.Prologue to an Analogue|Leigh Richmond
How long do you think it'd take, with the equipment you have, to airlift all of Jonkvank's loyal troops into the city?Ullr Uprising|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for airlift
Word Origin and History for airlift
also air-lift, 1893 as a type of pumping device; 1945 in the sense "transportation of supplies by air," from air (n.1) + lift (n.). As a verb by 1949; popularized in reference to the response to the West Berlin blockade. Related: Air-lifted; air-lifting.