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tail plane

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noun Aeronautics (chiefly British ).
  1. horizontal stabilizer.
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Origin of tail plane

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for tail plane

Historical Examples

  • Now line up the centre part of the main-plane with the tail-plane.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

    H. Barber

  • Two of them got between my gun and our tail-plane, so that they were safe from my fire.

  • The fuselage may have become warped upward or downward, thus giving the tail-plane an incorrect angle of incidence.

  • The tail-plane may be mounted upon the fuselage at a wrong angle of incidence, in which case it must be corrected.

  • He was eventually killed through the breaking of the tail-plane of his machine in descending at a flying meeting at Bournemouth.

    A History of Aeronautics

    E. Charles Vivian