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factory gauntlet

factory gauntlet
 n.— «The aircraft has also completed what is called “factory gauntlet,” a full simulation of the first flight using the plane itself. This test simulated all flight controls, hardware and software, manual and automatic landings and subsequent ground tests.» —“Dreamliner moves closer to first flight” by Daniel McCoy Wichita Business Journal (Kansas) May 4, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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