from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To test (an aircraft, for example) during flight.


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  • Scott Fancher , general manager of the 787 program, said that planes equipped with engines from Rolls-Royce Group PLC were 96% through the flight-test program, while the two test planes using General Electric Co. engines had finished 75% of the test-flight regime.

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  • As a flight-test model, the Enterprise was never actually launched into space.

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  • Now nearly two years behind schedule, the freighter version of the jet encountered significant problems during its flight-test program and Boeing now expects to deliver the first freighter to Cargolux Airlines International SA by this summer.

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  • The document announcing interim "separation standards and procedures" calls them "conservative" and indicates "final guidance will become available" after flight-test results have been evaluated.

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  • A Boeing spokesman said it was unlikely the remaining paperwork and flight-test data evaluation will be hampered by the ongoing furloughs but that the company was monitoring the situation.

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  • The flight-test program will involve about 600 flight hours, which should last through the summer, according to Elizabeth Lund , the 747 program manager.

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  • At a press conference following the flight, Boeing's two test pilots said the first flight was a success, which enabled them to complete a number of standard checks to begin the official flight-test regime.

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  • Boeing previously said that the first three of the six flight-test Dreamliners wouldn't enter commercial service and the others will be fully refurbished before being sold as business jets.

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  • In December 2009, Boeing finally flew the much-delayed 787 Dreamliner, which is nearing the end of its flight-test program, with first delivery to All Nippon Airways Co. slated for sometime this summer.

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  • Six Dreamliners are involved in the ongoing flight-test program, and more than two dozen production aircraft have been built.

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