Definitions for vtolˈviˌtɔl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word vtol


  1. VTOL

    A vertical take-off and landing aircraft is one that can hover, take off, and land vertically. This classification includes fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters and other aircraft with powered rotors, such as cyclogyros/cyclocopters and tiltrotors. Some VTOL aircraft can operate in other modes as well, such as CTOL, STOL, and/or STOVL. Others, such as some helicopters, can only operate by VTOL, due to the aircraft lacking landing gear that can handle horizontal motion. VTOL is a subset of V/STOL. Besides the ubiquitous helicopter, there are currently two types of VTOL aircraft in military service: craft using a tiltrotor, such as the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, and aircraft using directed jet thrust such as the Harrier family. Generally speaking, VTOL aircraft capable of V/STOL use it wherever possible, since it typically significantly increases takeoff weight, range or payload compared to pure VTOL.

Images & Illustrations of vtol


Find a translation for the vtol definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these vtol definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"vtol." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 30 Nov. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for vtol? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for vtol:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.