Tube-and-fabric construction

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A stripped down tube and fabric constructed fuselage from a Piper PA-18 Super Cub

Tube-and-fabric construction is a method of building airframes, which include the fuselages and wings of airplanes. It consists of making a framework of metal tubes (generally welded together) and then covering the framework with an aircraft fabric covering.

The tubes are usually of steel or aluminum.

The advantages of tube-and-fabric construction over other methods of airframe construction (such as wood and sheet metal) are lower cost and faster speed of construction.[1]

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  1. ^ "Homebuilt Aircraft: Tube and Fabric Construction". Associated content from Yahoo!. January 19, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2011.