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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19511 posts, RR: 58
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6969 times:

Does anyone here have any photos taken inside a large aircraft's fuel tanks?

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6968 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does anyone here have any photos taken inside a large aircraft's fuel tanks?

Photo of the interior of the center section tank of a 747-100, used at the public hearing into the TWA 800 crash, believed to have been caused by exploding fuel vapors in the almost empty center section tank.



User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6913 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does anyone here have any photos taken inside a large aircraft's fuel tanks?

Some nice ones here:
http://www.rbogash.com/727work2004.html

What are you looking for, specifically? I can narrow my search a lot if you've got a specific goal in mind.

Tom.


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6907 times:

This picture is of an L-1011 wing fuel tank. The wing was being dismantled for spare parts when the picture was taken. In the picture you are looking forward at the front spar. Portions of the rear spar and upper and lower skin have already been removed. Visible is a small section of the rear spar, the tank webs that prevent the fuel from sloshing about, some stringers and a wire bundle for the tank probes along with some tank plumbing.


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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 582 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6851 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does anyone here have any photos taken inside a large aircraft's fuel tanks?

Are you looking for photos of the outer wing tanks? Is this in regards to the 787 fuel contamination incident?


User currently offlineWestjet!Eh! From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 153 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6824 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does anyone here have any photos taken inside a large aircraft's fuel tanks?

hmm...im curious why he wants to know that?

Interesting to see the photos of the interior of fuel tanks!


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19511 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6758 times:



Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 2):

What are you looking for, specifically? I can narrow my search a lot if you've got a specific goal in mind.

People talk about going inside the fuel tanks to do this-or-that task, so I began to wonder what it looked like in there. And I figured that if any group of people in the world could show me pictures, it was here.  Smile

And I was correct!


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19511 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6756 times:



Quoting Laddie (Reply 4):
Is this in regards to the 787 fuel contamination incident?

Indirectly, yes. More because it triggered a train of thought that ended at my question.

Thanks to all of you for your answers. In particular, 474218, thanks for that amazing shot and the detailed orientation you gave.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15730 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6749 times:

I think that cleaning fuel tanks was a career profiled on an episode of Dirty Jobs, but I am not sure. I'll have to look for that episode if it is on.


Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5420 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6740 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):

They had Mike crawling into the wing tanks of a KC-135 for some sealing and squeezing into the belly to change a fuel bladder.



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