Definition of wingman in English:



  • 1A pilot whose aircraft is positioned behind and outside the leading aircraft in a formation.

    • ‘His wingman saw a ball of fire and realized that Newkirk had crashed.’
    • ‘We saw a trail of fuel behind us, so we called our wingman to join up overhead for an inspection.’
    • ‘On one of his quick ascents during one of the many dogfights that day, Roll's wingman signaled his squadron leader.’
    • ‘My wingman aborted somewhere along the line, and I escorted a B- 17 to a successful ditching in the middle of the North Sea.’
    • ‘Some wingmen may feel uncomfortable doing this, and some flight leads even might resent it, but the alternatives are much worse if you put them in perspective.’
    • ‘Canadian pilots, who train with their American counterparts, were never assigned as wingmen to US pilots in missions over the former Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘Because there is no other way to pass on the experience of 2,000-hour fighter pilots to the new wingmen except to fly them together.’
    • ‘I am not suggesting in this article that young wingmen should never fly with 2,000-hour instructor pilots.’
    • ‘A visual inspection by his wingman told of the damage to the air intake and tail.’
    • ‘So, instead of a pilot having to toggle three different systems and rely on his wingman to confirm a threat, the F - 22 does much of that for him.’
    • ‘Unless the pilot recovered quickly, collision with a wingman was more than likely.’
    • ‘The wingman at the wheel has as much responsibility for landing the U - 2 as the pilot.’
    • ‘The main responsibility of the number two, or wingman, was to guard his leader from an attack from his quarter, or from behind, while the leader navigated his small force and also covered his wingman.’
    • ‘During formation flight, the lead aircraft has right-of-way and the wingman yields.’
    • ‘I point the nose of my shattered plane towards Hendon, my new wingman close behind me.’
    • ‘Keeping a relatively tight formation in rough air was physically taxing, especially if you were flying wingman positions in a six-ship flight.’
    • ‘As with most combat fighter wings, five wingmen flew in formation behind the lead fighter, usually the senior officer.’
    • ‘SKE is a system that uses electronic signals to identify the lead plane and its wingman so that aircraft can fly in formation in adverse weather.’
    • ‘What would you do if your wingman or an aircraft from outside your flight declared an emergency?’
    • ‘The wingman culture of aerospace operations also has significant impact on the art of leadership.’
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    1. 1.1A man who helps or supports another man; a friend or close associate.
      ‘I thought he might need a wingman—he was quite tired and emotional’
  • 2

    another term for winger