airframe airframe  /ˈɛrf ˌreɪm/


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


  • The reason is jet engines, which deliver so much thrust that they can lift themselves and an airframe vertically, without needing take-off help from the lift of a fast-moving wing.


  1. Lam Aileron Demonstrates Improvements in Aircraft Performance; Aviation Breakthrough to Be Showcased at EAA AirVenture ...

    Lam Aviation, Inc., today announced that it has successfully flown a Lancair Columbia airframe retrofitted with a new wing equipped with a simple version of the Lam Aileron™. Flight test and evaluation ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Alpha Trainer Accident In Texas

    Few Details In The Prelim, Accident Resulted In One Fatal Injury The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred in Pampa, TX, that resulted in the fatal injury of one pilot, with a second requiring hospitalization. The prelim indicates the airplane was dragged for nearly two miles by its deployed airframe parachute before it became entangled in a barbed wire fence.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Aero-News Network

  3. QET Tech Aerospace Launches Aircraft Recycling Service and Joins Mexico’s IMMEX Program

    QET Tech Aerospace compliments its airframe Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) service with aircraft end-of-life service (recycling) which includes parting out the reusable parts, disposing of the chemicals and non usable material in an environmentally safe way and recuperating the raw materials. (PRWeb June 21, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 21, 2013     Source: PRWeb

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  1. "On the A350, our plan is to outsource 50 percent of the airframe production, which would allow us to hand over (part of the project) to partners participating in the development," Airbus President and CEO Louis Gallois told Reuters.
    on Nov 28, 2006 By: Louis Gallois Source: Reuters

  2. But during an interview with the Wall Street Journal, John Leahy, Airbus' top salesman, said: "The problem we have with GE is they go to (Boeing in) Seattle and say, 'What kind of engine should we design for your airframe?' Then they come to (Airbus...
    on Jul 10, 2007 By: John Leahy Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

  3. "I think the introduction of composites has raised the ability of the airframe to make a difference . . . and really puts it on a par with the engine development," said Jim McNerney, chairman and chief executive of Boeing.
    on Jun 10, 2007 By: Jim McNerney Source: Financial Times (subscription)

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