Definition of test flight in English:

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test flight


A flight during which the performance of an aircraft or its equipment is tested.
Example sentences
  • The first test flight of the new aircraft will take place before the end of March and Singapore Airlines will be the first to operate the A380 in spring 2006.
  • The decision came a week ahead of the first test flight of Australia's Wedgetail aircraft at Seattle in the US, where the aircraft are being built.
  • The first aircraft assembled was aircraft number 43 which was flown on a test flight shortly thereafter for twelve minutes.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɛstflʌɪ/
verb (test-flies, test-flying, test-flew, test-flown)
Example sentences
  • Although Messerschmitt was the first company to produce a jet aircraft, the first to design and test-fly one was Heinkel.
  • With modifications completed, it was time to test-fly the machine.
  • An aerodrome was established on Dartford Marshes to test-fly early prototypes in 1911.

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