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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pilot whose plane is positioned behind and outside the leader in a formation of flying aircraft.

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  • n. A pilot partner of another, a pilot who flies in the same wing or squadron.
  • n. a friend who accompanies one to offer (or receive) support

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation


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