Definition of aircrew in US English:

aircrew

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The crew staffing an aircraft.

    • ‘The aircrews averaged about 1,000 flying hours in that time.’
    • ‘Although a peaceful mission, it required aircrews to travel vast distances, so the need to have rescue crews on hand was still required.’
    • ‘With most aircrews traversing hot, desert-like climates, it's easy to assume an arctic survival situation is not in the cards.’
    • ‘Many equally dedicated ground and logistical personnel are supporting the aircrews with maintenance teams ensuring the aircraft are fully serviceable.’
    • ‘With each buy, the command is promising airplanes, aircrews or support to meet the requirements.’
    • ‘When aircrews do have to land at dangerous locations, they take with them a two-person ‘fly away’ security team.’
    • ‘Even so, aircrews fly with heightened awareness.’
    • ‘But, he added, the aircrews were professionals and knew what problems lay ahead, thus ensuring a good chance of success.’
    • ‘Scattered around the airfield are the remains of many Allied and Japanese aircraft, whose aircrews made the ultimate sacrifice for their countries.’
    • ‘Hauling scientists and supplies to the stations gives aircrews a chance to practice icy take-offs and landings and get a feel for being on the ice.’
    • ‘But, that was the last thing on the minds of aircrews.’
    • ‘Houle also suggested to higher authorities that downed aircrews use the term Mayday instead of just talking on the radio.’
    • ‘Hayner's nose art is considered some of the best produced during the war, when the artwork was a popular morale booster for pilots and aircrews.’
    • ‘In the most basic sense, aircrews want mission-ready aircraft to fly and modern, new weapons to play with.’
    • ‘There was a potentially serious risk to aircraft, aircrews and air operations from possible collisions, as well as impact on the operational effectiveness of the base.’
    • ‘It meant fewer aircrews and aircraft lost, much less collateral damage and fewer ‘friendly fire’ incidents.’
    • ‘What drew Osburn to Edwards was the chance to escape from behind the computer and get on the flight line to work with planes and aircrews.’
    • ‘The tanker requirements study justified the current tanker force structure and identified significant shortfalls in both aircraft and aircrews.’
    • ‘The aircrews went to the Baltimore plant to fly the planes back.’
    1. 1.1 A member of an aircrew.
      ‘each aircraft carried three aircrew’
      • ‘On the line, Baldwin munched on a treat dropped off by an aircrew -- a ripe banana.’
      • ‘The departure of these squadrons brings the number of servicemen and women, aircrew and engineers deployed so far from the Cornish air station to more than 150.’
      • ‘We lifted the surveillance level of aircrew and passengers from 80 percent, in the previous Government, to 100 percent.’
      • ‘In terms of job descriptions which might be affected by the drugs, the document says they are not to be prescribed for aircrew or divers who are on active flying or diving status.’
      • ‘As the plane pulled into the terminal, the aircrew allowed passengers to use their wireless phones.’
      • ‘RAAF aircrew and medics in the Middle East Area of Operations are providing mercy flights to coalition troops injured in Iraq.’
      • ‘Waiting for clearance to take-off, aircrew and passengers alike sweat profusely.’
      • ‘However, as a result of a massive rescue operation only 16 pilots and 33 aircrew remained missing by first light on June 20th.’
      • ‘The Fleet Aviation Officer, CMDR Andrew Whittaker looked after contacting pilots, aircrew and maintainers.’
      • ‘However, with five competent aircrew in the plane, rank should not have been an issue.’
      • ‘Naval air squadrons were short of aircrew and maintainers and were still using up stocks of obsolete wartime aircraft as production of new types moved slowly.’
      • ‘With the exception of Lieutenant Alun Jones, 28 of the aircrew and passengers were provided with individual headstones at the time.’
      • ‘I forgot about the aircrew in back and what they were doing.’
      • ‘Non-flying aircrew and engineers were able to watch the action from a nearby hillside, which only served to increase the concentration of the flying pilots.’
      • ‘Professionally, I think our juniors see it as a measure of expertise, while for some aircrew it is a security factor.’
      • ‘They had no perceptible impact on German opinion, though the leaflet raids gave aircrew some essential training in night navigation.’
      • ‘Many WWII aircrew survived combat, only to lose their lives over friendly soil.’
      • ‘Hours later, the safety officer showed all the aircrew the aspirin bottle and the pictures.’
      • ‘Such is life for an aircrew on the road: long hours in the air accented by short periods of sweat-through-your-flightsuit work.’
      • ‘A quick call over our squadron common frequency let our wingman know he had the mission, and the aircrew in the turning backup would be his wingman.’
      airman, airwoman, flyer, aeronaut
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Pronunciation

aircrew

/ˈerˌkro͞o//ˈɛrˌkru/