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

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The company has conducted a number of successful flight tests using its prototype in a Piper M-class airframe. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "This company wants to fill the skies with hydrogen-powered planes by 2022," 14 Aug. 2019 The wreckage was later taken to a secure facility for what investigators said would be another examination of the airframe and engine. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Investigators release early report on fatal plane crash," 31 July 2019 And several forums were scheduled during the weeklong event focusing on urban air mobility airframes and manufacturers, airspace, regulations and infrastructure. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet George Jetson's ride: Air taxis are closer to reality than many commuters and travelers realize," 25 July 2019 His particular airframe had a remarkable history even before the extensive decade-long restoration. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Super-Rare XP-82 Twin Mustang Flies Again After Decade-Long Restoration," 4 Jan. 2019 Tim proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an airframe powerplant mechanic and flight engineer on C-130's and C-141's., "Timothy Scott Christensen Sr.," 11 July 2019 The plane is built on a mid-sized regional turboprob, using the existing airframe, systems and propellers. Charles Riley, CNN, "Electric planes herald new era for aviation at the Paris Air Show," 20 June 2019 The problem is so bad that B-1 air crews are being temporarily assigned to other airframes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Fewer Than Ten U.S. B-1 Bombers Are Ready for Action," 6 June 2019 The airframe has only 818 hours on it, and was overhauled at the 700-hour mark by the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant in Ukraine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "For Sale: One MiG-29 Fighter Jet, Gently Used," 9 Jan. 2019

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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