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(of an aircraft, spacecraft, or rocket) take off, especially vertically:‘the helicopters lifted off at 1030 hours’
take off, be launched, blast off, leave the ground, become airborne, take to the air, take wingView synonyms
- ‘The first privately funded spacecraft lifts off from an airstrip in the Mojave Desert.’
- ‘The first airship is due to lift off from a special base being constructed at a hanger in the village of Briesen near Berlin.’
- ‘By the time a STARS helicopter lifts off, a team of experts has already gone into action - both in the air and on the ground.’
- ‘One by one, the insects march up blades of grass, waiting until dusk to lift off like miniature helicopters into the night.’
- ‘As night approached, four CH - 46 Sea Knight helicopters lifted off the Roosevelt's deck.’
- ‘The report says that as the aging helicopter lifted off the deck of HMCS Iroquois, the pilot gave the aircraft too much power.’
- ‘One of his mightiest inventions was the Dirigibelle, a vast steam-powered Zeppelin which would lift off from Brighton Pier, and float across the English Channel.’
- ‘Then - the mission complete - the helicopters lifted off, turning for the border and safety.’
- ‘Tailwinds produce excessive rolling speeds prior to lifting off and following touchdown.’
- ‘As the aircraft lifts off, put in a slow, steady, forward elevator pressure - just enough to keep it from climbing, but not so much that you descend back onto the runway.’
- ‘Plan your takeoff, so you'll lift off before the rotation point of the other aircraft.’
- ‘One alleged problem was that, nearing its 252 mph top speed, it began to lift off like an aeroplane.’
- ‘To applause from watching crowds, it lifts off from Heathrow to successfully completed its first full transatlantic flight since its grounding last year.’
- ‘They can improve current systems, or develop new products, like a rocket that lifts off on invisible laser beams.’
- ‘Marine Cobra helicopters lifted off as tracer fire criss-crossed the north end of the airport, it said.’
- ‘The coordinator could not contain the gloat as the aircraft lifted off to record another on-time take off.’
- ‘He shouted over the rotor noises of the helicopter as it lifted off from the site.’
- ‘Finally, when the airplane has less than 20 feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once, and at the very last moment the airplane lifts off and is airborne.’
- ‘The Douglas engineers he contacted said if he added another 1000 gallons the airplane would not lift off.’
- ‘Witnesses said the takeoff roll was long and the airplane went almost the entire length of the runway before lifting off.’
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