wing commander



British. an officer in the Royal Air Force equivalent in rank to a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
an officer of the U.S. Navy or Air Force who commands a wing.

Origin of wing commander

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wing commander

Historical Examples of wing commander

  • I was bringing despatches for the Wing-Commander, but they didn't get them.

  • The captain, from the bridge, lifts a small white flag as a signal to the wing-commander that all is ready.

    Stories of the Ships

    Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for wing commander

wing commander


an officer holding commissioned rank in certain air forces, such as the Royal Air Force: junior to a group captain and senior to a squadron leader
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