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Definition of the noun airframe

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noun - plural: airframes

  1. the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
    • example: Crashes in the early days of commercial jets tended to be caused by technical faults, such as metal fatigue in the airframe or engines.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: frame / framework = a structure supporting or containing something


"Airframe" is a novel by American writer Michael Crichton, first published in hardcover in 1996 by Knopf and as a paperback in 1997 by Ballantine Books. The plot follows Casey Singleton, a quality assurance vice-president at the fictional aerospace manufacturer Norton Aircraft, as she investigates an in-flight accident aboard a Norton-manufactured airliner that leaves three passengers dead and fifty-six injured.

  • also known as Airframe Header Exp
  • language: English Language
  • genre: Science Fiction
  • subject: Aviation accident or incident
  • released in (20 years ago)


The airframe of an aircraft is its mechanical structure. It is typically considered to include fuselage, wings and undercarriage and exclude the propulsion system. Airframe design is a field of aerospace engineering that combines aerodynamics, materials technology and manufacturing methods to achieve balances of performance, reliability and cost.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Airframe

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Google previewFrom Rock Piles to Pyramids (2012)

An Aircraft Builder Story by George E Orndorff III

The airframe is the tail section, wings, and fuselage. The cowling is the cover for the engine. The canopy (on the RVs) is a big Plexiglas bubble that gives you great visibility while flying after you survive installing it. For a while you have been ...

Google previewThe New Airline Code (2005)

by Matt Andersson

The futuristic airframe is a unique merger of efficient high-lift wings and a wide airfoil-shaped body, causing the entire aircraft to generate lift and minimize drag, thereby increasing fuel economy. Passenger and cargo areas are located within ...

Google previewPilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (2009)

by Federal Aviation Administration

The airframe is the basic structure of an aircraft and is designed to withstand all aerodynamic forces, as well as the stresses imposed by the weight of the fuel, crew, and payload. The primary function of an aircraft electrical system is to ...

Google previewEye of the Viper (2005)

The Making of an F-16 Pilot by Peter Aleshire

The airframe is a miracle of design: lightweight and composed mostly of conventional materials, but able to withstand sustained 9-g maneuvering. Such g -forces would cause most pilots to black out, so the designers hit on the brilliant ...

Google previewJAR Professional Pilot Studies (2004)

by Phil Croucher

AIRFRAME The airframe is the complete structure of an aircraft, without engines and instruments. It will be as light and as strong as possible, because many forces are encountered in ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

airframe The assembled structural andaerodynamic components ofan ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

airframe The assembled structural and aerodynamic components of an aircraft or ROCKET vehicle that support the different systems ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

The major parts are the airframe, the power system, and the flight controls and instruments. Airframe The airframe includes the fuselage, wings, tail, and landing gear. The fuselage is the body of the aircraft. It consists ofa rigid frame and a ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Composite Materials (1989)

by Anthony Kelly

Airframe Structures The helicopter airframe structure comprises a forward lower fuselage and cockpit canopy, a center structure/ main cabin, a rear fuselage and tailboom, tail pylon and tailplane. There are a myriad of design issues that ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Chemical, industries and occupations (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

Facilities and manufacturing processes Airframe manufacturing typically is done in large, integrated plants. Newer plants often have high-volume exhaust ventilation systems with controlled make-up air. Local exhaust systems may be added ...

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Small photo of White metal airframe surface divided into rectangular pieces and connected with rivets.Small photo of airframe detail of a Bristol Type 188 experimental jet aircraft at the Imperial War Museum, RAF Cosford,Shropshire,Britain.taken 01/06/2014Small photo of Portrait of a little Boy holds airframe in autumn parkSmall photo of Naha Japan - September 13: Japan Transocean Air (JTA) B737-400 at Naha airport on September 13, 2015. Nickname of this airframe is "Jinbei jet".Small photo of Aircraft propeller airframe and tail with blue sky background. VerticalSmall photo of AirframeSmall photo of Open airframe cockpit with pilot inside before take-off More...

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Airframe Meaning

Video shows what airframe means. The main body and structure of an aircraft (without the powerplant).. Airframe Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio ...

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Scrabble value of A1I1R1F4R1A1M3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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