aircraft
noun
ADJECTIVE
fixed-wing, jet, light, low-flying, supersonic

Three men were flying in a light aircraft at low altitude when a passenger jet approached.

attacks by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

single-engined, twin-engined
manned, unmanned

The army is using unmanned aircraft to survey the area.

microlight (BrE), ultralight (AmE)
cargo, civil, civilian, commercial, passenger, private
attack, combat, fighter, military, reconnaissance, stealth, strike, surveillance, transport
enemy
model (esp. BrE)

His passion is making model aircraft.

VERB + AIRCRAFT
fly, operate, pilot

The aircraft was flown by a young American pilot.

land
board

The passengers boarded the aircraft.

hijack
destroy, shoot down

To be an ace you had to shoot down five enemy aircraft.

AIRCRAFT + VERB
fly, operate

There are approximately 6 700 commercial aircraft operating in the United States.

land, take off

The aircraft is due to take off at midnight.

crash
carry sth
attack sth, bomb sth
AIRCRAFT + NOUN
industry
production
manufacturer
maintenance
engine, parts
engineer
commander
hangar
carrier

a US Navy aircraft carrier

noise

Significant progress has been made in reducing aircraft noise.

He claimed that aircraft noise was the worst form of pollution.


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