Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pilot who flies aircraft of new or experimental design to test them.

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  • n. a pilot hired to fly experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them

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Examples

  • Fellow NASA test pilot Bruce Peterson was situated on the north lake bed waiting to send up locator flares.

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  • Air force test pilot Pete Knight did not see any of the flight, either, but “oh, yes, I heard about it” when fellow pilots started teasing Neil for his “record cross-country flight.”

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  • And in the rocket-assisted NF-104A, air force pilots performed zooms into the upper stratosphere before Yeager, as did Lockheed test pilot Jack Woolams.

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  • Scott Crossfield, the Edwards test pilot whom Armstrong came in 1955 to replace, became the first person to fly at Mach 2.

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  • On March 17, 1953, a T40 rocket air-launched by a Lewis test pilot achieved the hypersonic speed of Mach 5.18, the first time that the “NACA flew successfully an instrumented vehicle to greater than Mach 5.”

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  • Being a test pilot made Armstrong the worst of the carpoolers.

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  • Then there was the concept from Fred Drinkwater, a test pilot at NASA Ames.

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  • According to fellow NASA test pilot Bruce Peterson, I would give him a ride, and he would want to stop by the cemetery.

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  • Even more experienced than Walker was HSFS test pilot A.

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  • Fellow test pilot Jack McKay, acting akin to what in the manned space program would come to be known as the “CapCom” for capsule communications officer, told Neil to “go ahead and proceed with the original flight plan.”

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