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triplane

[trahy-pleyn] /ˈtraɪˌpleɪn/
1.
an airplane with three supporting wings, one above another: a design used mainly in the early history of the airplane.
Origin of triplane
1905-1910
1905-10; tri- + plane1
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  • About a month later R. Rohlfe, piloting a Curtiss triplane, broke the height record by reaching 34,610 feet.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • Here was the principle of the modern biplane and triplane in its infancy.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • "Yes, that's where the young master is making his triplane," answered the man.

  • It is a tiny Curtiss triplane, the span of whose wings is only 25 feet.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • triplane—An aeroplane of which the main lifting surface consists of three surfaces or pairs of wings mounted one above the other.

  • There is some curious error here, for Captain Ball was not flying a triplane at the time of his death.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • The triplane is by far the best type for these giant raiders that fly by night.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The change from triplane to biplane, or vice versa, may be readily made in a few minutes.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • I mean that when Andy tries to fly in his triplane it will be our turn to laugh.

  • He continued to gaze upward as the triplane shot forward, the noise of the motor being plainly heard.

British Dictionary definitions for triplane

triplane

/ˈtraɪˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
an aeroplane having three wings arranged one above the other
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