One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A principal wing or other supporting surface of an aircraft, as opposed to a tailplane.
- ‘The coolant radiators were in the mainplane leading edge between the engines and the fuselage.’
- ‘Now staff are preparing the centre section and hull for relocation to Point Cook where the mainplanes are being restored.’
- ‘The aircraft features ailerons on the rear mainplanes, but has electric flaps on both sets of planes.’
- ‘The car has front and rear diffusers for overall down force with an adjustable carbon mainplane rear wing.’
- ‘Conversion involved; replacing the upper, and lower mainplanes with scratchbuilt narrower chord wings.’
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