heavier-than-air craft

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Noun1.heavier-than-air craft - a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
autogiro, autogyro, gyroplane - an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller
pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft, drone - an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
glider, sailplane - aircraft supported only by the dynamic action of air against its surfaces
eggbeater, helicopter, whirlybird, chopper - an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
ornithopter, orthopter - heavier-than-air craft that is propelled by the flapping of wings
military plane, warplane - an aircraft designed and used for combat
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Montgomery, an inventor who piloted a glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere.
Scientists consider Titan to be distinctively suited for heavier-than-air craft - the moon's gravity is relatively low, but its atmosphere is thick, which implies that a heavier than air craft such as Aviatr could stay airborne for longer.
After World War I, the Navy decided to select a certain number of enlisted men for flight training and duty as "pilots of heavier-than-air craft and directional pilots of dirigibles.