air·​frame | \ ˈer-ˌfrām How to pronounce airframe (audio) \

Definition of airframe

: the structure of an aircraft, rocket vehicle, or missile without the power plant also : aircraft

Examples of airframe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its pilot successfully deployed an airframe parachute system designed by Cirrus Aircraft to slow the craft's descent after a collision. Patty Nieberg, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 The 800 will have two motors, powered by a grid of electric cells across the airframe. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 While there have been some airframe and engine improvements to classic designs, most innovation has come with advances in navigation, communications and pilot-assistance avionics. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 While Spirit AeroSystems has a limited ability to diversify its customer base, very high barriers to entry into the airframe industry reduces the risk of the Boeing-Airbus duopoly losing market share to new entrants. David Trainer, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 While the company has not released the cabin dimensions, the airframe is shorter than traditional aircraft, measuring just over half of its wingspan. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2021 In addition to the airframe parachute that was already standard in the first generation, the G2 introduced a home button, which Cirrus calls the Safe Return system, based on Garmin’s Autoland technology. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2021 Felon While Russia may struggle with the tight production tolerances required of a stealth airframe, there's no denying the nation's knack for developing highly maneuverable fighters. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 6 Dec. 2020 About 40 percent of its airframe is titanium and boron composites. Kevin Brown, Popular Mechanics, 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of airframe

1930, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2021

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“Airframe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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