airlift

(redirected from airlifts)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

airlift

the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc., esp when other routes are blocked

airlift

[′er‚lift]
(aerospace engineering)
To transport passengers and cargo by the use of aircraft.
The total weight of personnel or cargo carried by air.

airlift

i. The transportation of personnel or materiel by use of aircraft and/or helicopters. Also, the operation or service carrying out such transportation or the aircraft used in such an operation.
ii. The total weight of personnel and cargo that is, or can be, transported by air, as in airlift capability. See also airlift capability.
airlift capability The total capacity expressed in terms of the number of passengers and/or the weight or volume of cargo that can be carried at any one time to a given destination by available airlift.
References in periodicals archive ?
My department is monitoring the situation closely and, as needs assessments come in and a fuller picture of humanitarian needs emerges, we will consider what further assistance we can provide, including further stocks airlifts.
s Senior Public Information Officer Edward Colt and Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi attended the arrival of the airlift.
The airlift is the fourth of seven flights bringing winter insulation kits to 25,000 displaced Iraqi families.
Master of the Air: William Tunner and the Success of Military Airlift by Robert A.
Slayton's Master of the Air successfully argues the case for the inclusion of military airlift as an indispensable element of American airpower and clearly establishes Lt Gen William Tunner's place on the short list of innovative Air Force leaders.
The commemorative flight leaves Atlanta on June 12 and also will include a number of the pilots and crew members, now long retired, who took part in the airlifts.
May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AmeriCares, the nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, plans to airlift 80,000 pounds of essential medicines, medical supplies, nutritional supplements and other materials into Baghdad this weekend.
Operating independently and in cooperation with European governments and private agencies, EADS has provided cash donations, operated helicopter rescue missions, flown international and domestic airlift flights with its Airbus mega-freighter Beluga and delivered a self-contained mobile hospital unit to the region.
Scott is also home to the 18th Air Force Headquarters, the 375th Airlift Wing, the 932nd Reserve Airlift Wing and the 126th Air National Guard Refueling Wing.
He paints Tunner as a man who had a single-minded focus on military airlift, and one who would go to any lengths to promote it-even at the expense of angering superiors and hindering his career.