KC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 165 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5391 times:
I think it's interesting that the fuel sat in those tanks for 40 years without leaking. We have KC-135s that come fresh out of fuel cell for fuel tank and bladder repairs that immediately start leaking after 1 flight!
There was a significant amount of F-4s at Wright Pat that were due for scrapping. Dueing the process, they got to one plane and started cutting through the wing to find that it was never drained of fuel. So they immediately began checking all the other aircraft and when they got to ours, they discovered there was no paperwork or records of this plane being on the field with a squad. The wanted it off the property and thats how we got it.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13341 posts, RR: 64 Reply 10, posted (5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4772 times:
Actually bladder tanks either need to be filled with fuel or sprayed on the inside with a special preservation oil when in empty storage. Else the rubber will dry out and become porous. We had this issue when we restored our T-33.
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 385 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3375 times:
Thanks for the link to the story. A lead I use to work for was sent with a team to recovered that A-1E when he was in the USAF at NKP to get that Aircraft to the USAF Museum. He said it was a wreck, and had been stripped for parts. I sent him the story.