Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4 Posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
I was reading about the proposed 767-400ERX when I came across a section where it mentioned it would hold fuel in the horizontal stabilisers. I have never heard of this before and I wonder if it has been done before? Any aircraft out there that already store fuel in the horizontal stabilisers?
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2395 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
You may have been a bit young when Compass mark 1 was flying.
Delivery of an Airbus A300-600R was delayed when being defuelled at Toulouse. The tail tank was not emptied in correct order, resulting in the aircraft tipping onto her tail, striking another blow to the struggling carrier.
The tail tank is great to add capacity, but must be filled and drained in order to ensure that the aircraft's centre of gravity is within limits, both on the ground and in the air.