Davies, Glyn A. O. Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom.
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That part of an aircraft that carries the payload, which includes passengers, pilots and crew, freight, all systems, and sometimes the engines. For military aircraft, the payload may include weapons and the engines for all combat aircraft. The only departure from this definition is the blended wing-body, which is likely to be developed in the future and will be mentioned later.
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