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 fired from an aircraft in flight at another one

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  • adjective operating between or launched from or involving rockets or aircraft in flight


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