moon flight n.

a flight to the Moon

  • 1919 The Sun (New York) 4 Dec. 10/6 page image

    [title of poem] The Moon Flight. [subheading] Aviators are seriously discussing a flight to the moon.—Daily paper.

  • 1931 C. P. Mason Letter in Wonder Stories Apr. 1332/1 page image

    The film…is a magnificent thing and shows with thrilling accuracy what a moon flight will be like.

  • 1936 Time 2 Mar. 51/1

    Dr. Goddard, who hates to stir up gaudy talk of moon flights, announces his present objective as reaching 50 miles into the stratosphere ‘to obtain meteorological, astronomical, magnetic and other data of altitudes greatly exceeding those which can be reached by balloon.’

  • 1936 J. Williamson Ruler of Fate in Weird Tales 388/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    I've been trying for seven years to get off on the moon flight. Can’t be done. Luck’s against me.

  • 1948 ‘W. Fitzgerald’ Seven Temporary Moons in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 69/1 page image Murray Leinster bibliography

    He was not prepared for space-navigation save as the constructor of this ship. He could not think grandiosely of a moon-flight, or even of a jaunt to Moon, which was sure and entirely practical. The wallowing water-tank he skippered was now no more than four hundred miles from earth.

  • 1958 R. Boyd Red Flag Over the Moon in Saturn Science Fiction & Fantasy Mar. 10/2 page image Romney Boyd bibliography

    To this day rocket engineers would rather talk in public only about ballistic missiles, jet planes, and cargo rockets, and avoid public references to any ‘wild’ ideas of moon-flight.

  • 2010 G. N. Bossert Slow Boat in Asimov’s Science Fiction Aug. 96 page image Gregory Norman Bossert bibliography

    The only useful data was from her accelerometer, which suggested that they'd been shipped into orbit the following morning, and banged about randomly for the following week. That was enough to rule out the Moon flight, but the fact that they were in the middle of nowhere had already done that.

Research requirements

antedating 1919

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for "moon-flight" from "William Fitzgerald" (i.e. Murray Leinster)'s "The Seven Temporary Moons"
. Fred Galvin found an online article from 1936 magazine in which the phrase was used; an OED researcher verified it in the print edition.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from "The Leapers" by Carol Grey (pseudonym of Robert W. Lowndes)
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1931 cite from C. P. Mason, Secretary of the American Interplanetary Society, in a letter to Wonder Stories.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1919 cite, as the title of a poem appearing in the New York Sun.

OED Entry (under "moon") updated in March 2004, with earliest cite of 1948 (previously 1951); updated further to 1936

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