a flight made to observe the performance characteristics of a new aircraft or spacecraft.
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How to use test flight in a sentence
He was nearly court-martialed for looping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge during a test flight, but fortunately, his superiors intervened.Remastered images reveal how far Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the Moon | Jennifer Ouellette | February 5, 2021 | Ars Technica
Last month, it attempted what was supposed to be a powered test flight to space.Virgin Galactic ordered safety probe after wing of spacecraft was damaged during 2019 flight, book says | Christian Davenport | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
After the successful test flight, Virgin Orbit is now open for business.SpaceX won’t be the only company launching commercial rockets in 2021 | Charlie Wood | January 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
Virgin Galactic now says it will repeat that test flight, then fly another, and then it will finally be Branson’s turn.2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. | Christian Davenport | December 30, 2020 | Washington Post
FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson, a former military and airline pilot, operated a test flight in September and vouched for the reworked plane’s safety, saying he would put his family on it.Boeing 737 Max flies again, carrying paying passengers from New York to Miami | kdunn6 | December 30, 2020 | Fortune
The 2014 midterms were a test flight for the CounterPAC model.
Early this year a test flight proved that the fuel being used for the rocket would never meet that goal.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole | Clive Irving | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to conduct a commercial test flight using biofuels in early 2008.
The radio had been stripped out of the ship along with every other instrument not absolutely necessary to test flight.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin | Al Avery
It was held in an office ringed with mementoes of the epoch-making test flight of 2338.Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg
Maybe he was just some pilot up on a test flight, but his sudden dash for the seclusion of the clouds didn't bear that out.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front | R. Sidney Bowen
He felt as if the test flight itself was secondary to what the senator thought about it, what he would say in his progress report.Progress Report | Mark Clifton
And in Number One the installations were complete and the ship's first test flight was scheduled for tomorrow morning.The Colonists | Raymond F. Jones