Manufacturing Phases of Metal-Aircraft Construction 360138
THE introduction to this paper includes definitions of the major items under discussion, and is followed by a discussion of the materials most widely used in metal-aircraft construction and their important physical properties.
In the remainder of the paper are described some of the problems encountered in metal construction and the processes that have been developed to facilitate manufacture.
The following specific items are discussed: (1) Design, (2) Tooling, including lofting, (3) Fabrication, (4) Assembly, (5) Inspection, and (6) Protective coating. Special equipment and tools are illustrated.