Airplane cloth

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Description

Originally, an untreated plain weave cotton or linen fabric used for the outer covering on airplanes and gliders. In World War I, airplane cloth was coated with cellulose nitrate lacquer called airplane dope. Currently, airplane cloth is made from polyester or nylon fabrics. The strong durable fabric is used for ultralight planes and gliders as well as for flight clothing, jackets, and luggage.

Synonyms and Related Terms

balloon fabric

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 249
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996

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