- the complete central structure to which the wing, tail surfaces, and engines are attached on an airplane.
Origin of fuselage
Examples from the Web for fuselage
Like the wings, the tail surfaces—horizontal and vertical—easily break away from the fuselage and float.Mysterious Debris Near Australia Looks like MH370’s Wing
March 20, 2014
“Explosive decompression” where the fuselage breaks apart suddenly and catastrophically.
However, integrity of the fuselage structure is not an absolute guarantee that an explosive decompression will not occur.
Boeing does have one airplane with a long record of stress failures in its fuselage, the 737.
He hit the fuselage of his F-100 when he ejected, breaking his arm, damaging his eye and injuring his back.John McCain Pays Tribute to Bud Day
July 29, 2013
Greatly to his surprise, Jack was not to be seen anywhere in the fuselage.
"Not if you go under the fuselage to get Jack," objected Dave.
He gestured furiously toward the fuselage of the old Supernova.By Proxy
Gordon Randall Garrett
How the fuselage and tail plane stood the strain of it, God knows.Night Bombing with the Bedouins
Robert Henry Reece
The wires inside the fuselage should be cleaned and regreased about once a fortnight.The Aeroplane Speaks
- the main body of an aircraft, excluding the wings, tailplane, and fin
Word Origin and History for fuselage
1909, from French fuselage, from fuselé "spindle-shaped," from Old French *fus "spindle," from Latin fusus "spindle" (see fuse (n.)). So called from its shape.