She was escorted to an aircraft gun and told it was protecting the city from American airstrikes.
Surely Congress would say, "No aircraft should crash because of battery fires."
The result is a massive backlog of aircraft that must be repaired.
1851, originally in reference to airships and balloons, from air (n.1) + craft (n.); a term from boating, as were many early aviation words. Of airplanes from 1907 and since 1930s exclusively of them. Aircraft carrier is attested from 1919 (H.M.S. Hermes, launched September 1919, was the first ship to be built from the hull up as an aircraft carrier).