airframe

[ air-freym ]
/ ˈɛərˌfreɪm /

noun

the framework and external covering of an airplane, rocket, etc.

Origin of airframe

First recorded in 1930–35; air(plane) + frame
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airframe

/ (ˈɛəˌfreɪm) /

noun

the body of an aircraft, excluding its engines
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