from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Launched from an aircraft with an aircraft as a target.
- adjective Occurring between or involving airborne aircraft.
- adjective Of or relating to the transfer of heat between two bodies of air.
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- adjective of a missile
firedfrom an aircraftin flightat another one
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- adjective operating between or launched from or involving rockets or aircraft in flight
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Most of the maneuvering in air-to-air combat today takes place BVR, or beyond visual range.
I suspect that unmanned fighters capable of modern air-to-air combat are in the U.S.
So it is worth examining the nature of air-to-air combat today, and the possible consequences of not building a full fleet of F-22s.
When Rodriguez retired two years ago from the Air Force as a colonel, his three air-to-air kills (two over Iraq in 1991 and one over Kosovo) were the most of any American fighter pilot on active duty.
It is a startling picture, memorializing a moment of air-to-air combat from January 19, 1991, over Iraq.
Accomplishing all this with anything like the efficiency American forces have enjoyed since the Vietnam War depends on owning the sky, which means having air-to-air hunter-killers that can shoot down enemy planes and destroy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites before the rest of the fleet takes to the sky.
Cesar Rodriguez, who retired with more air-to-air kills — three — than any active-duty Air Force pilot, stands beside an F-15.
These are strictly matter-of-fact men from a world where war is work, and life and death hang on a rapidly and precisely calibrated reality, an attitude captured by the flat caption mounted on the frame: This is an AIM-7 air-to-air missile shot from an F‑15 Eagle detonating on an Iraqi MiG‑29 Fulcrum during Operation Desert Storm.
But it's simple to solve all of these problems with an air-to-air heat exchanger and a bit of ductwork.
An air-to-air system, on the other hand, produces warm air that is circulated by fans to heat the home.