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Topic: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And Weight
Username: MD11Fanatic
Posted 2007-05-10 04:03:38 and read 8986 times.

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What is the capacity of fuel in one of these external fuel tanks? Also, how much does each one weigh?

Topic: RE: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And We
Username: A342
Posted 2007-05-10 21:14:18 and read 8934 times.

The large tanks used on British Tornado aircraft, IIRC, have a capacity of 2250 liters. A smaller one of 1500 liters exists, this is used by German and probably Italian aircraft.

One liter of jet fuel weighs about 0.8kg, add the weight of the tank itself and IMHO then the total weight should be about 1kg per liter of capacity.

Topic: RE: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And Weight
Username: BilgeRat
Posted 2007-05-10 22:21:07 and read 8922 times.

That pic is actually a GR.1 if I'm not mistaken, and in that pic it has the smaller external tanks.

Topic: RE: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And We
Username: A342
Posted 2007-05-11 19:20:31 and read 8835 times.

Yes, indeed this is a GR1 / GR4 / IDS ground attack variant.

Topic: RE: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And Weight
Username: MD11Fanatic
Posted 2007-05-11 21:27:25 and read 8813 times.

So these tanks are the 1500L tanks and each tank as a result weighs 300kg?

Topic: RE: Tornado F.3 External Fuel Tank Capacity And Weight
Username: A342
Posted 2007-05-12 11:58:14 and read 8787 times.

Quoting MD11Fanatic (Reply 4):
So these tanks are the 1500L tanks and each tank as a result weighs 300kg?

Maybe much less...

Now I remember that I had started a discussion about the empty weight of drop tanks, you can find some info there:

Empty Weight Of Drop Tanks? (by A342 Sep 24 2006 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)


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