- The transportation of troops, supplies, or equipment by aircraft.
- An operation to evacuate people by aircraft in an emergency.
Mid 20th century: from air + lift.
- The airlift of supplies to the troops was essential to their survival.
- The airlift of refugees from war-torn countries is a challenging task.
- The airlift of medical supplies to the disaster area was coordinated by the Red Cross.
- The airlift of wounded soldiers from the battlefield was a critical part of the war effort.
- The airlift of aid to the hurricane-ravaged region was a major effort by many countries.