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tail plane

noun, Aeronautics (chiefly British)
Origin of tail plane
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The fuselage may have become warped upward or downward, thus giving the tail-plane an incorrect angle of incidence.

  • Two of them got between my gun and our tail-plane, so that they were safe from my fire.

  • Look for distortion of leading edges, main and rear spars, trailing edges, tail-plane and controlling surfaces.

  • He was eventually killed through the breaking of the tail-plane of his machine in descending at a flying meeting at Bournemouth.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • Sometimes applied to the "tail-boom" framework connecting the tail-plane with the main lifting surface.

  • Stabilizer—A surface, such as fin or tail-plane, designed to give an aeroplane inherent stability.

  • The tail-plane may be mounted upon the fuselage at a wrong angle of incidence, in which case it must be corrected.

  • tail-plane—A horizontal stabilizing surface mounted at some distance behind the main lifting surface.

  • Now line up the centre part of the main-plane with the tail-plane.

  • Fuselage—That part of an aeroplane containing the pilot, and to which is fixed the tail-plane.

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