test pilot

noun
a pilot employed to test-fly newly-built aircraft.

Origin:
1925–30

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test pilot
 
n
a pilot who flies aircraft of new design to test their performance in the air

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Our test pilot goes up and down quite a bit, he admits.
She was a test pilot and set a number of flying records.
He was the professional test pilot, and at the same time a human being experiencing pure joy.
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