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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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 Sabrewing's aircraft are built on a composite airframe with a gas-electric hybrid power system that drives four electric motors, each turning a variable-position fan. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Startup plans to revolutionize the air cargo industry, starting with Alaska," 15 June 2018 Representatives of airframe and engine manufacturers, who are not usually involved in NTSB investigations, also arrived to help determine whether there were pre-flight defects with the plane. Jason Nark,, "Two killed in plane crash in South Jersey were on an 'angel flight' to help patient in need," 14 June 2018 The problem: During maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, maintainers discovered an unacceptable amount of corrosion where an exterior carbon fiber panel fastened to the F-35 airframe. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Is About To Get Cheaper. Now Here's the Bad News.," 12 Apr. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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