Aircraft Structures

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Lightweight Composite Structural Components For Aircraft

General Dynamics produces lightweight composite structural components and integrated assemblies for a wide variety of aircraft applications. Our aircraft composite products include wing and fuselage structures, flight control surfaces, doors, engine structures, and pressure vessels.

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Wing Structures

General Dynamics has over 60 years of experience performing high quality engineering design and analysis for a wide variety of aircraft applications.

Composite structures provide weight reduction, impact absorption and product life extension. We are a leader in the design and production of aerospace composite structures and assemblies.

We produce wing structures for a wide range of commercial and military aircraft, including the following:

  • Edge Beams
  • Flap Leading and Trailing Edges
  • Flap Track Fairings
  • Wing Panels
  • Winglets
Air Force - F-22 Raptor

Fuselage Structures

We are a leader in producing affordable, high-quality composite fuselage structures for the commercial and military aerospace markets, including:

  • Canopy
  • Fairings
  • Pylons
  • Spars
  • Vertical Tail Skins
Aircraft Structures - Air Force F-16


General Dynamics produces a wide variety of doors for commercial and military aircraft, including:

  • Avionics
  • Baggage
  • Emergency Exit
  • Landing Gear
  • Main Entrance
  • Service
  • Weapons Bay
US Air Force - C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft

Flight Control Surfaces

We also produce flight control surfaces for a wide range of commercial and military aircraft, including:

  • Rudders
  • Elevators
  • Flaps

Pressure Vessels

General Dynamics has extensive experience in the design, development, qualification and integration of high-performance lightweight composite pressure vessels for aircraft, satellite, launch vehicle and missile platforms.

Our pressure vessels combine a permeation barrier (liner) with a filament-wound outer shell. The liners are made from a wide variety of materials depending on customer requirements in order to optimize the design while maintaining cost objectives. The pressure vessels range in size and shape to suit a wide variety of customer needs.

Applications include military and commercial aircraft flotation and emergency power; missile control; launch vehicle and satellite propulsion subsystems.

Download the Pressure Vessels Fact Sheet [PDF]
Air Force - F-15

Engine Structures

General Dynamics supports the aircraft gas-turbine engine industry with manufacturing solutions and parts production for a variety of advanced composite components. We specialize in highly complex assemblies, large structures and high temperature polyimides.

We produce a wide variety of aircraft engine components, including the following:

  • Cases
  • Ducts
  • Fan cowls
  • Outer bypass ducts
  • Plenums
  • Stator and guide vanes
  • Transcowls
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