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Chapter 1 - Structure of an Airplane

At the end of this block of study, you should be able to:

Label the parts of an airplane.
Describe the five types of stress which act on an aircraft in flight and give an example of
     where each applies to an airplane.
Describe both truss and semimonocoque types of fuselages.
Describe the basic structure of a wing.
Explain the structure and function of the empennage.
Identify the three types of landing gear.


      Most aircraft are composed of the fuselage (body), wings, empennage (tail assembly), landing gear, and power plant (see figure 1-1). Locate these parts in the diagram as they are discussed.

Sections in this Chapter:

Section 1.1 - THE FUSELAGE STRUCTURE
Section 1.2 - WINGS
Section 1.3 - EMPENNAGE
Section 1.4 - LANDING GEAR
Section 1.5 - POWER PLANT
Section 1.6 - REVIEW EXERCISE

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Updated: 23 December, 2008