noun Aeronautics.
a convertiplane capable of taking off and landing vertically, having forward speeds comparable to those of conventional aircraft.

1965–70; v(ertical) t(ake)o(ff and) l(anding)

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VTOL (ˈviːtɒl)
1.  vertical takeoff and landing; a system in which an aircraft can take off and land vertically
2.  Compare STOL an aircraft that uses this system

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vertical takeoff and landing
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