Kick-the-tires-and-light-the-fires meaning

(US) (used by fighter pilots) To take off.
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Origin of kick-the-tires-and-light-the-fires

  • From kick the tires, referring to a preflight check of the landing gear, and light the fires, referring to the ignition of the afterburners, a part of the engine which burns extra fuel for a speed boost.

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