airframe

[air-freym]
noun
the framework and external covering of an airplane, rocket, etc.

Origin:
1930–35; air(plane) + frame

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airframe (ˈɛəˌfreɪm)
 
n
the body of an aircraft, excluding its engines

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airframe

basic structure of an airplane or spacecraft excluding its power plant and instrumentation; its principal components thus include the wings, fuselage, tail assembly, and landing gear. The airframe is designed to withstand all aerodynamic forces as well as the stresses imposed by the weight of the fuel, crew, and payload.

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