American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aircraft crew member in charge of loading and unloading cargo or heavy weapons.
“While Mastracchio and Anderson focused on the spacewalk activities, Japanese astronaut and "loadmaster" Naoko Yamazaki will continue overseeing the transfer of supplies, equipment and experiments from the Leonardo logistics module that Discovery launched and temporarily attached to the station.”
“He always wanted to fly, so he joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduating high school and he became loadmaster on a C-130.”
“The loadmaster was swigging vodka from a bottle as the aircraft nosedived towards the tarmac at an impossible angle, and with the few seconds I had left, I prepared myself to die surrounded by madmen and drunks.”
“I figured I had a better than passing chance since I work as a loadmaster for Virgin, but Allison got selected, not me.”
“Air Force Tech Sgt. Donny Maheux, a C-17 loadmaster, says he often finds himself staring at the metallic transfer cases holding the bodies of the dead soldiers and wondering what kind of people they were.”
“The navigator operated a 13 mm machine gun in the nose, the radio operator a 20 mm gun in a rotating turret on the roof, and the loadmaster—now deceased—another 13 mm gun from above the cargo bay at the rear ramp.”
“After climbing above Bagram, the C-130 loadmaster gave the OK to unfasten our seat belts and to reposition if we desired.”
“He served as a loadmaster in Afghanistan, which means he was involved in transporting detainees.”
“Each Herc carries a crew of five—2 pilots, 1 navigator, 1 flight engineer, and 1 loadmaster.”
“In contrast, a single CC-177 can fly all 13 pallets to Jamaica in 3 hours, 49 minutes, using a single aircrew of three 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster.”
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