(formerly) an armed airplane designed for speed and maneuverability in fighting enemy aircraft.
Why are planes named after numbers, like the 747? Is there a 947 or a 658?
After World War II, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers, Boeing, turned its attention from designing military craft to building commercial planes, along with missiles and spaceships. (Unrelated fact: when Boeing was forced to spin off its passenger flight division, the newly-formed company became United Airlines. Back to the late 1940s: Model numbers were assigned to each division of aircraft (from the Boeing website:) “300s …
Lexical Investigations: Happiness
“The pursuit of Happiness” was thought to be an unalienable right by the writers of the US Declaration of Independence. However, in 1776, the definition of happiness evoked a different meaning than it does today. When the framers of this historic document wrote about “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” what exactly did they mean by “happiness”? The term happiness comes from the Old Norse term …
Origin of pursuit plane
First recorded in 1915–20
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