Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A convertiplane that can take off and land vertically.

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  • vertical takeoff and landing: A description of a fixed-wing aircraft that is capable of ascending into the air straight up as opposed to needing to accelerate horizontally first.

Etymologies

v(ertical) t(ake)o(ff and) l(anding).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • What this seems to come down to are what are known as VTOL craft - Vertical Take Off and Landing.

    Pocket-lint

  • Further, the design of the plane grants it some of the benefits, such as VTOL and hovering capability, previously available only to zeppelins no, the Osprey and Harrier don’t count.

    What Goes Up Can, When Properly Designed, Stay That Way | Blog | Futurismic

  • Sure some big helicopters might be able to carry their own fuel, but small fixed wing, especially or the S/VTOL variety usually have some other arrangement, such as mid air refueling.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Gentlemen’s Club.

  • VTOL nigthmares - November 25, 2009 added by atkinson | Images mcs+ to rate

    VTOL nigthmares | My[confined]Space

  • The sooner we get past using vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles to get to orbit, the more robust and reliable our access to space will be. former CA resident

    Mike Griffin Bids Farewell - NASA Watch

  • An effective maintenance program for these mothballed carriers would send a clear message to our foes that even if they were lucky enough to sink or damage one of our active carriers with a cruise missile or torpedo, another similar platform would quickly take its place, especially if its air wing was comprised of the F-35 vertical take off and landing (VTOL) fighter-bombers.

    Robert C. O’Brien: America Must Immediately Reverse the Downsizing of its Navy as China Grows on the High Seas

  • Tiger's claw, fish and dinosaur fossils, VTOL, cow vertebra, and instructions on how to make hydrogen.

    Illustrations from Jeff Carlson's "Meme"

  • As Bell engineer Ken Wernicke saw it, that ratio was the problem that stumped most VTOL aircraft designers.

    The Dream Machine

  • In the 1990s, aerospace engineer and VTOL historian Michael J. Hirschberg refined a graphic of the various attempts that someone at the old McDonnell aircraft company had put together in the 1960s.

    The Dream Machine

  • The acronym VSTOL, pronounced “VEE-stall,” came into vogue with the Harrier jump jet as a more precise variation of VTOL.

    The Dream Machine

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