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pickle

pickle  v.— «Job security is high for mechanics who “pickle” airplanes—aviation jargon for disassembling parts and draining fluids from aircraft so they can be stored.» —“Downturn has some odd...

Deconflict

An F-18 fighter pilot worries that a term he and his colleagues often use isn’t a legitimate word. It’s deconflict, which means to ensure that aircraft aren’t in the same airspace. Grant reassures him that deconflict is a perfectly...

orphan plane

orphan plane  n.— «They’re owners of what the aviation industry calls “orphan” planes: There’s no warranty on their new aircraft and no factory to easily supply spare parts.» —“Plane owners grounded by manufacturer...

Jet Black

Why do we say something is jet black? Does it have to do with the color of a 747’s exhaust? Or skid marks on the runway? Or something else entirely? We provide a color with a mineralogical answer. This is part of a complete episode.

snarge

snarge  n.— «Snarge…The word is a combination of “snot” and “garbage.”…“It’s what’s left after a bird hits an airplane, goes through an engine. There are no feathers or any other kind of remains of the...

slave

slave  n.— «Slave: Bolt or dowel used to temporarily assemble parts, prior to being attached with the correct fastener.» —“Airport Lingo” by Raphael Sheffield Southwest Airlines Blog/Nuts About Southwest Dec. 10...

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