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The tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder.

[French, feathers on an arrow, empennage, from empenner, to feather an arrow : en-, in; see en-1 + penne, feather (from Latin penna; see pet- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ɛmˈpɛnɪdʒ; French ɑ̃pɛnaʒ)
(Aeronautics) the rear part of an aircraft, comprising the fin, rudder, and tailplane
[C20: from French: feathering, from empenner to feather an arrow, from penne feather, from Latin pinna]
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(ˌɑm pəˈnɑʒ, ˌɛm-)

the rear part of an airplane or airship, usu. comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder.
[1905–10; < French: literally, feathering =empenn(er) to feather an arrow (em- em-1 + -penner, derivative of penne feather; see pen1) + -age -age]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.empennage - the rear part of an aircraft
fuselage - the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
horizontal tail - the horizontal stabilizer and elevator in the tail assembly of an aircraft
back, rear - the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
stabilizer - airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft
vertical tail - the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft
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On final, the airspeed was a little fast and during the landing, he flared the airplane "a little high." After touchdown, the pilot applied the brakes, but the airplane did not respond, so he applied "a little more brake." The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. The pilot reported he should have performed a go-around instead of attempting to "salvage the landing."