from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The structure of an aircraft, such as an airplane, helicopter, or rocket, exclusive of its power plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The main body and structure of an aircraft (without the powerplant).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)


air +‎ frame (Wiktionary)


  • Boeing says it purchased 65 percent of the 787 airframe, which is comparable to the 777.

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  • The airframe is the first to be built under an agreement between Sikorsky and Changhe Aircraft.


  • The A330 airframe is based on the A300 airframe, which is older than when the B767 airframe was initially designed.

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  • The airframe is a "flying - wing" blimp, similar to the w w w. d y n a l i f t e r. c o m cargo blimp, only much much smaller.

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  • It had a different kind of airframe, to absorb energy and make sudden impacts easier to survive — part of a NASA project to see whether the shock of a plane's slamming into a bank of trees or a wall could be directed away from the passengers, as in a modern car.

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  • It was a radical shape; the kind of airframe that almost certainly depended on high-speed computers to maintain stability.

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  • Aimco Precision Inc. Phoenix-based Aimco, which specializes in precision machining of small to midsize aerospace products, such as airframe, systems and engine components, will become the newest member of the

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  • While the airframe makers were grabbing the headlines, engine makers were also rubbing their hands.

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  • If anything, the pace of innovation is even faster in the military than in the civilian world, and as better look-down, shoot-down capabilities have come on line, they have been systematically layered and squeezed into the aging airframe of the F‑15.

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  • The company is trying to settle on an optimal engine while making limited changes to the airframe.

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