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From Spanish balsa, from a pre-Roman (Iberia) language, probably Basque or Iberian.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Structure The fuselage sides are sheet balsa, with balsa stringers attached to the outside aft of the cockpit.
Pine is no longer supported by RedHat but has been re-installed here because many people use it. balsa is the basic graphical mail handler.
The tailplane and fin are made from 1/4 inch sheet balsa, the complete tail assembly being permanently attached to the fuselage.
The deck itself is interspersed with end grain balsa for additional rigidity and also has substantial plywood pads in way of all deck fittings.
The forward fuselage is completed by a curved balsa sheet top decking, with block balsa under the nose.
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