Definition of airframe
: the structure of an aircraft, rocket vehicle, or missile without the power plant; also : aircraft
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There’s a new very modern glass cockpit and a stronger composite airframe that will reduce weight and vibration.
The airframes are constructed at the company's Jacksonville, Fla., facility, and the systems integration and final assemblies are completed in Bloomfield.
There have been recent advancements in the airframe, cargo handling, and a digital cockpit.
It was also supposed to increase the lifespan of aircraft by putting less stress on their airframes.
If Boeing were to win, the necessary military modifications to the airframe would likely be done during final assembly on the Renton production line — perhaps even on the same dedicated military line now churning out the P-8s.
Kawasaki’s piece of the 777 airframe, the large curved aluminum panels for the forward and center fuselage sections, doesn’t change for the 777X.
There, Japan’s aerospace companies became suppliers to Boeing, and more recently Airbus, and now make as much as 35 percent of the Boeing 787’s airframe, according to Boeing Japan.
Using the MiG-29 airframe will allow Russian designers to speed up the development process.
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