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An arrangement of stabilizing surfaces at the tail of an aircraft.
- ‘The postflight inspection found oil covering the port nacelle and running down the entire empennage.’
- ‘The Cessna's fuselage was wrinkled and the Stinson had its empennage cut off and its left wing destroyed.’
- ‘The empennage was all-metal with three fins and rudders attached to the full-cantilever stabilizer.’
- ‘The empennage was built integral with the fuselage to ensure absolute rigidity.’
- ‘The gunner never had a chance as the whole empennage of the aircraft had separated resulting in the bomber spinning out of control.’
- ‘The forward empennage boom supported the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, and housed the actuating linkage of the rudder and elevator controls.’
- ‘A workstand on the ramp was hurled deep into the left wing and the empennage was severely damaged when the airplane was blown back against a concrete wall.’
- ‘The main wreckage consisted of the engine assembly, empennage section, and the center carry-through wing section.’
- ‘The empennage boom formed a tail cone to the aft beam.’
Early 20th century: from French, from empenner to feather an arrow, from em- in + penne a feather (from Latin penna).
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