em·​pen·​nage | \ ˌäm-pə-ˈnäzh How to pronounce empennage (audio) , ˌem- \

Definition of empennage

: the tail assembly of an aircraft

Examples of empennage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main wreckage was about 127 feet from the impact crater along a 347⁰ true bearing (335⁰ magnetic) and consisted of the empennage/tailboom, both engines, avionics boxes, and portions of the cockpit instrument panel. New York Times, "Read the Preliminary N.T.S.B. Report About the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash," 7 Feb. 2020 The empennage, elevator, and rudder remained intact. BostonGlobe.com, "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019 The fuselage has been slightly widened behind the wing to keep airflow attached to the empennage (that is, the collective tail assembly). Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "400mph, 50 feet up—what it takes to race and win world’s fastest motorsport," 30 Aug. 2018 What America got with the A-10 was a single-seat, low-wing, straight-wing aircraft with two non-afterburning turbofan engines mounted high—behind the wing and in front of an empennage with twin vertical stabilizers. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the A-10 Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane," 19 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of empennage

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empennage

French, feathers of an arrow, empennage, from empenner to feather an arrow, from em- en- entry 1 + penne feather, from Middle French — more at pen

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The first known use of empennage was in 1908

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“Empennage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empennage. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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