Airplane Parts - Major Components

Planes can range anywhere from the size of a sedan to the size of the Titanic. And the number of parts they have can range from a couple thousand to the 6,000,000 that the Boeing 747 boasts. To someone who isn't in the business of working with planes, understanding what parts make up a plane can seem daunting and impossible. Fortunately, it's not, because most planes have the same 5 major components that are then broken down into hundreds and thousands of aircraft parts.

The fuselage, the main body of the plane, is generally the largest part. It includes the cabin, storage space, and the controls. Typically, the fuselage is the central component of a plane, as the other 4 components are typically attached to it. A firewall separates the fuselage from the power plant, and the empennage, wings, and landing gear are directly attached to the fuselage. The wings, also known as the airfoils, are what provides the lift and allows the plane to fly.

Wings have to maintain aerodynamic in order to stay in the air, so they generally also have flaps or slats that the pilot can manipulate in order to change the plane’s operating characteristics. The empennage is the entire tail group, which includes the vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, rudder, elevator or stabilator, and the trim tabs. The landing gear, usually beneath the fuselage, includes all the parts related to landing the plane, mainly the wheels. And the powerplant, arguably the most important component, includes the engine and aircraft propeller, which power the plane.

Luckily, you don't need to be an expert in order to order aircraft parts like wings or landing gear. Instead, you can contact us at NSN Fulfillment. NSN Fulfillment, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find aircraft parts. NSN Fulfillment is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate the aviation components you need. NSN Fulfillment has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you're looking for, at all hours of the day. If you're interested in obtaining a quote, email our sales department at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.


August 13, 2020

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