Definition of airman in US English:

airman

noun

  • 1A pilot or member of the crew of an aircraft, especially in an air force.

    • ‘He was incensed that loyal soldiers, sailors and airmen who had fought for their country under the most extreme conditions were denied the chance to create new careers for themselves.’
    • ‘Captain Paris and this first attachment of airmen had already completed an operational tour by flying the required 25 missions.’
    • ‘Some of the airmen will qualify for entrance to the astronaut pilot program.’
    • ‘About 20 former pilots gathered at the Imperial War Museum in central London, where sketches of the airmen with their aircraft are displayed.’
    • ‘You'll need to fill out an FAA airman's form, which is completed by the safety inspector and then sent to Oklahoma City for record keeping.’
    • ‘Popular historians have tended to paint a relationship of adversaries between the troop carrier airmen and airborne paratroopers.’
    • ‘The history of airpower in Europe during WWII is dramatically presented in this compelling story of tens of thousands of young airmen, many of who never returned.’
    • ‘This was introduced many years ago as the small size of the airmen aircrew element meant commanders had always played a major role in their personnel management.’
    • ‘The Air Marshal said such programmes not only provided diversion to the airmen and their family members, but it also helped in personality development.’
    • ‘It's the level of organization where Air Force pilots and airmen feel they're part of the same unit.’
    • ‘A lot of times you're not, as a downed pilot or a downed airman, able to avoid capture.’
    • ‘Australian squadrons, crews or individual airmen took part in practically all noteworthy events.’
    • ‘The boat got stuck on a mud bank and his skipper shouted to let the airman go.’
    • ‘Though admittedly this was not a breakthrough idea, it was a reasonable request, so Smith's office worked with the airman to implement a solution.’
    • ‘That's a plus for a base with a host of young airmen and pilot trainees who love to venture across the border.’
    • ‘Some 640 airmen and ground crew are joining the aircraft.’
    • ‘I knew that this assignment would surely test my skills as a pilot and I would be joining a rather elite group of airmen who were fast developing a reputation as being on the cutting edge of modern aviation.’
    • ‘With all four of the downed airmen safely aboard, the flight crew made preparations for takeoff.’
    • ‘Often as not the rest of the crew could be split to form the nucleus of a new crew, or more likely, they could be whisked away individually to fly with other crews as replacements for airmen who had been killed or wounded.’
    • ‘The book recounts the many stories of Australian airmen serving in Bomber Command during World War Two, some of whom came to South Lakeland to escape the horrors of nightly bombing runs.’
    airwoman, flyer, aeronaut
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    1. 1.1 A member of the US Air Force of the lowest rank, below sergeant.
      • ‘Energetic, adaptable, never tiring airmen are at the core of the Air Force.’
      • ‘If it doesn't get the volunteers to fill a growing need for recruiters, the Air Force will select airmen from other jobs to fill slots.’
      • ‘Thirty-two US airmen arrived at Hoedspruit air base yesterday to set up aid operations for up to 600 American troops.’
      • ‘If you're at least a senior airman with three years' Air Force experience, you can submit a package.’
      • ‘He was part of the new breed of airmen, the kind the Air Force needed to build a separate image.’
      • ‘The airmen only met the officers at the annual airmen's Christmas dinner when the officers traditionally served the meal.’
      • ‘The Air Force recognizes its responsibility to better prepare airmen to succeed in command.’
      • ‘All airmen, junior NCOs and senior NCOs must learn how to function as effective leaders in the officership environment.’
      • ‘Beyond the jets is the small Air Force enclave where nearly 500 airmen live and work.’
      • ‘Do your senior NCOs, senior civilians, and officers possess the leadership skills that can motivate midlevel NCOs and airmen in their areas?’
      • ‘On the air base side, airmen run flight operations.’
      • ‘One of the driving factors in tools standardization is to make getting the answers or the rest of the story easier for the airmen and civilians who are the backbone of the Air Force spares support business.’
      • ‘The 2003 Air Force Posture Statement reminds airmen that the nature of the Air Force is not home-station operations but deployed operations.’
      • ‘To a lesser degree, senior NCOs and squadron and wing commanders who purport to lead airmen are also among the guilty.’
      • ‘The Air Force launched a new program in May to help airmen honor those who are often their biggest supporters - their parents.’
      • ‘This suggestion is objectionable to airmen and is the antithesis of US Air Force aerospace-power doctrine.’
      • ‘I do this not to demean the contributions of the Air Force or its airmen.’
      • ‘Despite how great it looked on paper, I began to wonder how many of my airmen below flight chief were really reading and heeding what I said.’
      • ‘He was reinstated at his former senior airman rank and assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.’
      • ‘These airmen were a segregated unit of African-American pilots, which was awarded more than 150 Flying Crosses for valour during World War II.’
    2. 1.2 A member of the US navy whose general duties are concerned with aircraft.
      • ‘By providing doors that open and close, climate controls, and proper lighting, airmen are able to increase productivity and quickly turn jets.’
      • ‘A recruit can easily become a fireman in engineering on a frigate or just as easily direct aircraft on a carrier as an airman.’
      • ‘Plane captains usually are undesignated Navy airmen, meaning they haven't picked a rate or occupation specialty.’
      • ‘Young is only the second airman, and the first female to qualify as a flight deck director aboard Nimitz.’
      • ‘The airman notified a tech sergeant, who then opened a panel to check the hydraulic leak.’

Pronunciation

airman

/ˈɛrmən//ˈermən/