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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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.
The first examines the cultural "dreams and mythology" that led to flight while part two looks at the "theory and practice" behind the development of balloons, dirigibles, and heavier-than-air craft.