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sortie

[′sȯrd·ē]
(aerospace engineering)
An operational flight by one aircraft.
(ordnance)
A sudden attack made from a defensive position.
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sortie

The period that endures between a takeoff and the end of the flight of an aircraft. The term is used more by combat crews than by the civil crews, who prefer the use of the term flight.
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