tail plane

nounAeronautics (chiefly British).

Origin of tail plane

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby tail plane

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How to use tail plane in a sentence

  • 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
  • Tail-Plane—A horizontal stabilizing surface mounted at some distance behind the main lifting surface.

  • Nacelle—That part of an aeroplane containing the engine and pilot and passenger, and to which the tail plane is not fixed.

British Dictionary definitions for tailplane


/ (ˈteɪlˌpleɪn) /

  1. a small horizontal wing at the tail of an aircraft to provide longitudinal stability: Also called (esp US): horizontal stabilizer

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