What is flight?

  • (noun): An instance of traveling by air.
    Synonyms: flying
    See also — Additional definitions below


Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere (especially the air) or beyond it (as in the case of spaceflight), by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement, without direct support from any surface.

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Some articles on flight:

Delta Air Lines - Incidents and Accidents
... Delta Air Lines Reported Incidents Flight Date Aircraft Location Description Casualties Fatal Serious Minor Uninjured Ground N/A April 22, 1947 DC-3 ... The flight which originated from Dallas Love Field was on approach to Shreveport, Louisiana ... The improper use of flight and power controls by both instructor and the Captain-trainee during a simulated two-engine out landing approach, resulted in the loss of control ...
X-15 Flight 3-65-97 - Investigation
... The weekend after the accident, an unofficial FRC (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) search party found the camera, but could not find the film cartridge ... The electrical disturbance early in the flight degraded the overall effectiveness of the aircraft's control system and further added to pilot workload ... a telemetered heading indicator in the control room, visible to the flight controller and medically screen X-15 pilot candidates for labyrinth (vertigo) sensitivity ...
USS Kearsarge (CV-33) - Service History - Project Mercury
... in the Western Range as a recovery ship in the Project Mercury orbital space flight of astronaut Walter Schirra after splashdown ... On 3 October, after a flawless flight, the carrier played her role in the Space Age by retrieving Schirra and his space capsule, Sigma 7, and returning him to Honolulu for flight ...
Delta Air Lines - Incidents and Accidents - Hijackings
... Additional hijackings which resulted in no injuries and the flight landing in Cuba include March 28, 1984 (Delta 357 New Orleans-Dallas 727), August 18, 1983 (Delta 784 Miami-Tampa 727), July 17, 1983 (Delta 722 ... The flight was allowed to return with passengers to the U.S ... unemployed tire salesman from Pennsylvania, stormed aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 523, DC-9 flight at Baltimore Friendship Airport (now Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) scheduled ...
X-15 Flight 3-65-97
... X-15 Flight 3-65-97, also known as X-15 Flight 191, was a test flight of the North American X-15 experimental aircraft ...

More definitions of "flight":

  • (noun): A scheduled trip by plane between designated airports.
    Example: "I took the noon flight to Chicago"
  • (noun): A formation of aircraft in flight.
  • (noun): An air force unit smaller than a squadron.
  • (verb): Shoot a bird in flight.
  • (noun): A flock of flying birds.
  • (noun): Passing above and beyond ordinary bounds.
    Example: "A flight of fancy"; "flights of rhetoric"; "flights of imagination"
  • (noun): The act of escaping physically.
    Example: "His flight was an indication of his guilt"
    Synonyms: escape
  • (verb): Fly in a flock.
    Example: "Flighting wild geese"
  • (noun): The path followed by an object moving through space.
    Synonyms: trajectory
  • (verb): Decorate with feathers.
    Synonyms: fledge

Famous quotes containing the word flight:

    it pleaseth me when I see through the meadows
    The tents and pavilions set up, and great joy have I
    When I see o’er the campana knights armed and horses arrayed.

    And it pleaseth me when the scouts set in flight the folk with
    their goods;
    And it pleaseth me when I see coming together after them an host of
    armed men.
    Bertrans De Born (fl. 12th century)

    Here I am.... You get the parts of me you like and also the parts that make you uncomfortable. You have to understand that other people’s comfort is no longer my job. I am no longer a flight attendant.
    Patricia Ireland (b. 1935)