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fly·by

also fly-by (flī′bī′)
n. pl. fly·bys also fly-bys
A flight passing close to a specified target or position, especially a maneuver in which a spacecraft or satellite passes sufficiently close to a body to make detailed observations without orbiting or landing.
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Noun1.fly-by - a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the groundfly-by - a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
flying, flight - an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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Swift US action, by way of bomber fly-bys and destroyer sail-bys in the SCS and East China Sea, silenced Beijing.
China counts seven missions to the moon after a Hong Kong satellite, AsiaSat 3, in 1997 missed its Earth orbit, which was subsequently adjusted with the help of two lunar fly-bys, marking the first (accidental) commercial mission to the moon.
A German A400M transport plane and a Spanish C130 will take part in fly-bys, as well as two British Chinook helicopters.
Celebrate Alaska's rich aviation history at the Alaska Aviation Museum with live music, a food vendor carnival, adult refreshments, child and family activities, information booths, book author signings, and low-level aircraft fly-bys from 10 a.m.
Although there probably won't be any fly-bys or aerobatics, there is a dogfight shaping up to win a contract for the Future Fighter Capability Project.
Meanwhile, a local startup firm provided photo-realistic renderings and animated fly-bys to the design team in real-time.
The aircraft did two fly-bys past the tower for air controllers to check visually whether the wheels had deployed.
The 360 kg InSight -- its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport -- marks the 21st US-launchedMarsmission, dating back to the Mariner fly-bys of the 1960s.
It was vision realised and -- amid fly-bys, fireworks and A-list rock and pop concerts -- gave millions of viewers around the world a glimpse of the capital.
Upon arrival, NASA's OSIRIS-REx will spend the first month performing fly-bys of the asteroid's north pole, south pole, and equator from a distance ranging between 19 and 7 kilometres (11.8 and 4.4 miles).
Over the next seven years, the Parker Solar Probe will perform 24 close fly-bys of the sun.