pathfinder aircraft

pathfinder aircraft

An aircraft with a specially trained crew carrying drop zone/landing zone marking teams, target markers, or navigational aids, which precedes the main force to the drop zone/landing zone or target.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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