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 The new carrier can likely carry between 48 and 60 aircraft—a combination of FC-31s, KJ-600s, a carrier onboard delivery transport aircraft based on the KJ-600 airframe, and both utility and anti-submarine warfare helicopters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2022 The baseline Su-34 borrows the airframe of the Su-27 fighter but adds a two-person cockpit with side-by-side seating. David Axe, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Improvements in airframe and powerplant technologies, along with more efficient modes of operation and targeted economic policies, are also part of the solution. Greg Fell, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Ukroboronprom didn’t mention the cost of resurrecting the second airframe, but Antonov has even tried crowdfunding the project. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 May 2022 In 2018, Antonov estimated that the completion of the second airframe would cost up to $350 million, although that figure might need to be revised up now. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 Garmin’s G1000 NXi flight deck offers the optional GFC700 Automatic Flight Control System for safety and ease of flying while the all composite airframe acts as a roll cage in case of a mishap. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 Rolls is partnering with the Italian airframe builder Tecnam to develop the planes for those journeys, which will be operated by Widerøe, a Scandinavian airline that specializes in regional flight routes. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 There aren’t many companies in the aerospace industry that will look back fondly on 2021, but F-35 airframe integrator Lockheed LMT Martin has good reason to be satisfied. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airframe

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Airframe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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