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JATO (countable and uncountable, plural JATOs)

(US, aviation, military)

  1. (uncountable) Acronym of jet-assisted takeoff, a method of using booster rockets to allow heavily-loaded aircraft to lift off more quickly and use less runway length for takeoff.
    Synonym: (UK) RATO
  2. (countable) One of the rockets used for the above purpose.
    An enduring urban legend claims that someone in Arizona strapped a JATO to their car and crashed it into a cliff.

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