A parasol wingmonoplane is an aircraft design in which the wing is not mounted directly to the fuselage, but rather, the fuselage is supported beneath it by a set of struts, called cabane struts. Parasol wing designs resemble biplanes lacking their lower set of wings.
In some aircraft, particularly flying boats, the parasol wing is held above the fuselage by means of a closed structure known as a pylon. This gives these aircraft a cleaner appearance, especially when combined with a cantilever wing, as there are no visible struts. The pylon reacts to any wing rollingmoment with its own set of spars extending from the fuselage frames. A typical example of a pylon parasol aircraft with struts is the Consolidated Catalina.