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The structure of an aircraft, such as an airplane, helicopter, or rocket, exclusive of its engine.
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(Aeronautics) the body of an aircraft, excluding its engines
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the framework and external covering of an airplane, rocket, etc.
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Noun1.airframe - the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)airframe - the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
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[ˈɛəfreɪm] Narmazón m or f (de avión)
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Not all airframe modifications airframes are officially approved or noted in the logbooks.
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His airframes are made and shipped from a factory in southern China to his distribution warehouse in Florida, where he employs two.
To find the best airframe, Lockheed Martin will test three airframes in different locations.
The unit's aggressive test schedule helps keep acquisition programs moving in the right direction, and HX-21 works closely with the Navy program offices and manufacturers of the various airframes to ensure the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard get the best and most refined product possible.