airframe

noun
air·​frame | \-ˌfrām \

Definition of airframe 

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

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The key enabler, says founder and CEO Blake Scholl, is building airframes out of carbon-fiber composite materials instead of aluminum, as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 have done. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Future of Flying: Flights Could Be Getting Much Shorter," 19 June 2018 In 2016, the company teased an image of a tailless sixth-generation fighter in a promotional video (see above) but there may not be time and money to develop a new airframe. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Now Northrop Grumman Wants to Build Japan's New Fighter Jet," 9 July 2018 The Roc's airframe will be new, built of carbon fiber. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012 Japan lacks expertise in avionics, systems integration, airframe development, software, electronic countermeasures and, perhaps most importantly, stealth technology. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Japan’s F-22/F-35 Fighter Hybrid Might Look Like," 23 Apr. 2018 Furthermore, new airframe designs could, in many ways, be better suited to accommodate new weapons, C4ISR technologies, sensors, protection systems and avionics. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 The common thread here is that airframes themselves, while often in need of enhancements and reinforcements, often remain viable if not highly effective for decades. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 The contours and structure of a new airframe itself could also bring new radar signature reducing properties as well as new mission and crew options. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 The factory in question produces wound-filament airframes and nozzles for engines used in solid-fuel missiles, particularly the Pukguksong series of rockets, the report said. Time, "Satellite Images Show North Korea Is Expanding a Missile-Manufacturing Plant, a Report Finds," 2 July 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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