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(aeronautics) the ratio of an external load to the weight of the aircraft (measured in g)
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In aeronautics, the load factor is defined as the ratio of the lift of an aircraft to its weight and represents a global measure of the stress to which the structure of the aircraft is subjected:
Since the load factor is the ratio of two forces, it is dimensionless. However, its units are traditionally referred to as g, because of the relation between load factor and apparent acceleration of gravity felt on board the aircraft. A load factor of one, or 1 g, represents conditions in straight and level flight, where the lift is equal to the weight. Load factors greater or less than one are the result of maneuvers or wind gusts.
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