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

Both a rocket engine with a temperamental record and an airframe of revolutionary design and construction had to be proved safe.
Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole Clive Irving October 31, 2014

The tests took place in a 1960s vintage Boeing 727 airframe.
Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo Clive Irving May 4, 2014

the body of an aircraft, excluding its engines


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