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test pilot

a pilot who flies aircraft of new design to test their performance in the air
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As the test pilots were in flight training, 413th FLTS and Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen were completing the maintenance technician course for the same aircraft.
Latimer went to the library, pulled out an encyclopedia and looked up the term "astronaut." From there, she learned that all astronauts at the time had been military test pilots, and that to be a test pilot, one had to be a commissioned officer.
It's overtaken our lives, to make sure the outcome today was perfect," Edgell said, who is also a test pilot with the ITF.
When she asked the test pilot if it was thrilling, he replied: "After three years, it gets a little boring!"
RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the UK's lead test pilot, uses a specialist fighter jet simulator at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire
Test pilots have earned a special place in the American cultural landscape.
JEFFREY Quill was dubbed Mr Spitfire because, as chief test pilot for Vickers Supermarine in Southampton, every mark of Spitfire passed through his hands.
Calspan Aerospace said it has won a USD1.57 million contract with the US Navy to provide a next-generation Variable Stability System (VSS) for a US Naval Test Pilot School UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.
Kapil was a graduate of the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough, UK and went on to have a distinguished career as a test pilot with the Indian Air Force.
Mr Alsbury, 39 from Tehachapi, California, had worked for Scaled Composites in Mojave for 13 years and was a project engineer and test pilot, according to a biography provided last year for a Society of Experimental Test Pilots symposium where he was the keynote speaker.
The programme's chief test pilot is Scots-born David Mackay, 56, who phoned his 91-year-old mum Sheila, of Helmsdale, Sutherland, immediately after the disaster to let her know that he wasn't on the doomed flight.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (KUNA) -- The Virgin Galactic 'SpaceShipTwo' rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight in Southern California on Friday, killing one test pilot and seriously injuring another, authorities said.