aircraft main body which is the primary carrier of crew, passengers, and payload
The fuselage (from the French fuselé, meaning "spindle-shaped") is the main body section of an aircraft. It holds the crew and passengers or cargo, as well as an engine in many cases. It is often made out of a metal, such as aluminium.
- NASA page on fuselage
- Institute of Aircraft Design and Lightweight Structures (IFL) Archived 2008-02-19 at the Wayback Machine