American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The area of an airfield, specifically the parking area and the maintenance hangars, where aircraft are onloaded, offloaded, and serviced.
- n. aviation The precise movement of a civil photogrammetric aircraft along a predetermined course at a predetermined altitude during the actual photographic run.
- n. place where airplanes are parked and the maintenance hangars (but not the runways or taxiways)
“The flight line was organized confusion as one flight after the other hit the starter button and filled the air with the stench and smoke of the black-powder cartridge starter that spun the engine through its initial starting revolutions.”
“After much hassling and. reconfiguration the last-minute efforts of the flight line people and the harried schedulers paid off and aircraft numbers, pilots, flight call signs and bombloads started to fall into place.”
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